Musical Explorers

    This inventive program, for which Carnegie Hall partners with teachers at schools throughout New York City, builds basic music skills in the classroom as children learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and develop singing and listening skills. During the 2016–2017 season, students explore a diverse range of musical genres found in their New York City neighborhoods including Chinese, Bluegrass, Sudanese, Hip Hop, Armenian and Calypso. They also interact with the professional musicians featured in the program during culminating concerts each semester at Carnegie Hall, or in their own schools through full concert video screenings.

    Organizations around the country are now adapting Musical Explorers for use in their own communities, working with Carnegie Hall to develop versions of the program that feature artists and cultures from their own areas.

  • Kids Put Your Hands Up Musical Explorers
  • "This year was absolutely amazing. I love the program and how it ties neighborhoods, countries, and music together. The concert was absolutely amazing! The classes loved it, the teachers loved it, and the kids can't stop talking about actually seeing the performers live after reading and learning about them. I am so impressed … I am totally wowed!"

    —Participating teacher from PS 139K

  • Information for Teachers

    Program Features

    • Two interactive concerts (fall and spring) per year in Zankel Hall featuring multicultural vocalists
    • Two required professional development workshops (fall and spring)
    • A Teacher Guide with accompanying CD, featuring lessons and creative extensions for yearlong coursework, geared toward both music and general classroom teachers
    • Student workbooks

  • "My week in New York, working with the folks at Carnegie … was one of the highlights of my professional career so far ... and sharing this music with new generations ... watching them connect with the music and the messages ... the best!"

     —Joe Jencks, Musical Explorers artist

  • Lead funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by Ralph W. and Leona Kern.

    Major funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by the Charles Haimoff Endowment, the E.H.A. Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, and the Onassis Cultural Center NY.

    Additional support has been provided by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation and The Lanie & Ethel Foundation.

    Musical Explorers is also made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.