This inventive program builds basic music skills in the classroom as children learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and develop listening and singing skills. During the 2014–2015 season, students in grades K–2 explore various music styles including Haitian, classical, Mexican, American jug band, Argentinian, and klezmer, embarking on a musical journey through the diverse cultures found in the neighborhoods of their hometown—New York City. Students meet and interact with the professional musicians featured in the program during culminating concerts each semester at Carnegie Hall.
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
"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
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