Musical Explorers

    This inventive program for students in grades K–2 partners Carnegie Hall with New York City schoolteachers to build 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 2015–2016 season, students explore Greek folk, Malian traditional, Indian classical, salsa, jazz, and Southeast Asian traditional music. Students also interact with professional musicians featured in the program during culminating concerts each semester at Carnegie Hall.

    This year, organizations around the country are adapting Musical Explorers for use in their own communities. Partner organizations work 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, E.H.A. Foundation, and The Walt Disney Company.

    Greek music programming is made possible with major support from the Onassis Cultural Center of New York.

    Additional support has been provided by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

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