• Musical Explorers
    Frequently Asked Questions


    Application and Payment

    How can my school sign up for Musical Explorers?

    To sign up for Musical Explorers, each teacher must apply online. If your school has multiple participating teachers (those attending the professional development workshops and teaching the program), please have each teacher apply separately online. Only teachers implementing the program directly with students are considered participating teachers, and must apply, attend the required professional development workshops, and attend the concerts.

    When is the application due for Musical Explorers?

    The Musical Explorers application period opens on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Interested teachers can complete the application by clicking the red "Apply Now" button. The application closes on Friday, September 9, 2016, or when concerts have reached capacity.

    May I apply for one semester only of Musical Explorers?

    No. Musical Explorers is a yearlong program and participation in both semesters is required.

    How many teachers can sign up for Musical Explorers through the online application?

    Each participating teacher should apply individually online. If your school has multiple participating teachers (those attending the professional development workshops and teaching the program), please have each teacher apply separately online. Please call 212-903-9670 with questions.

    Do you have to be a music teacher to implement Musical Explorers?

    No. Musical Explorers is designed for both music teachers and general classroom teachers who work with students in grades K–2.

    My school signed up for Musical Explorers, but another teacher at the school is implementing the curriculum with my students. Do I have to apply and attend professional development?

    Only teachers implementing the curriculum directly with students are considered participating teachers and must register, attend the required professional development workshops, and attend the concerts. Teachers attending the concerts but not implementing the curriculum are considered chaperones.

    Why do I need to select a first and second choice for the concert?

    Each year, we ask teachers to increase their availability by picking both a first and second choice concert. In the event that we have received your complete application but are unable to seat your school for your first choice concert date, we will automatically attempt to seat your school for your second choice concert date. Please hold both your first and second choice concert dates until you receive confirmation from Carnegie Hall.

    My class size went up or down since I applied. What do I do?

    Please note that after Friday, October 7, 2016, the number of students on your application cannot be adjusted, nor can refunds be issued. Please plan accordingly when applying. Contact Carnegie Hall staff a musicalexplorers@carnegiehall.org or call 212-903-9670 with questions.

    How much does Musical Explorers cost?

    The teacher fee for Musical Explorers is $50 and each student is $6. One chaperone per 10 students is included free of charge.

    What methods of payment are accepted for Musical Explorers?

    Carnegie Hall can accept payment via:

    When is payment due for the Musical Explorers concerts?

    Payment is due by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. For schools paying via purchase order, a copy of the order must be submitted by this date via fax to 212-903-0758 or via email to musicalexplorers@carnegiehall.org.

    Is it possible for my class to see more of Carnegie Hall before or after my Musical Explorers concert?

    Tours are available by reservation. Visit the Carnegie Hall’s tours page for more information.

    When will Carnegie Hall confirm my Musical Explorers concert date and time?

    Carnegie Hall will confirm your Musical Explorers concert dates by mid-June 2016. If you have not yet heard from Carnegie Hall regarding your Musical Explorers concerts by then, please contact Carnegie Hall staff at 212-903-9670.


    Professional Development Workshops

    I participated in Musical Explorers last year. Do I still need to attend a professional development workshop?

    Yes, every participating teacher is required to attend both Musical Explorers professional development workshops regardless of past participation in the program. Teachers who do not attend the required PD sessions will forfeit participation in the program.

    Are the fall and spring Professional Development Workshops different?

    Yes. Every participating teacher is required to attend both a fall and spring professional development workshop in order to participate in Musical Explorers. Each workshop will focus on the artists and materials featured in the semester immediately following the workshop. Teachers who do not attend both of the required PD sessions will forfeit participation in the program.

    Where are the Musical Explorers PD workshops and how do I get there?

    All Musical Explorers professional development workshops take place in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall. The entrance is at 154 West 57th Street (at Seventh Avenue), just east of the main entrance to Carnegie Hall. Directions to Carnegie Hall can be found here.

    Where is parking located near Carnegie Hall?

    There are several parking garages located near Carnegie Hall. The easiest way to find these is to visit Best Parking.


    Materials

    When will I receive my Musical Explorers materials?

    In order to receive Musical Explorers materials, participating teachers must:

    • attend an initial fall Musical Explorers professional development workshop
    • submit a completed Letter of Agreement

    Participating teachers can expect to receive their materials two to three weeks after these requirements are met. Participating teachers, please note that materials will not be sent out until you have completed the required professional development workshop and your completed Letter of Agreement is on file at Carnegie Hall.

    Where can I find more materials and resources for my classroom?

    All participating teachers are encouraged to browse our Digital Library for additional resources relating to Musical Explorers, and to explore the Music Educators Toolbox for free, open-source resources for music educators and administrators.


    Concert

    When will I receive my Musical Explorers tickets?

    Your Musical Explorers ticket (one ticket per participating teacher per semester with your confirmed numbers of students and chaperones) will be mailed to you approximately one month before both your confirmed fall and spring concert dates.

    How many parents/adults may I bring to the Musical Explorers concerts?

    Schools may bring no more than one chaperone per 10 students, free of charge. For example, if a teacher enrolls a class of 30 students, he or she will automatically receive 30 student seats, three chaperone seats, and one seat for themselves, for a total of 34 seats. Please note that parents and other adults cannot purchase individual tickets themselves, nor can student seats be substituted for adults.

    May parents purchase tickets to Musical Explorers?

    No, parents may not purchase tickets to Musical Explorers. If parents are interested in attending, they must attend with their child’s class as a chaperone.

    May I take photos and videos at the Musical Explorers concerts?

    No. In accordance with Carnegie Hall’s policies, photography and videography are strictly prohibited.

    What instructions should I give to my bus drivers for the Musical Explorers concert?

    Buses should drop off and pick up students on the east side of Seventh Avenue, between 57th and 59th streets, facing south.

    Please note: Buses cannot wait in front of Carnegie Hall during the concert.

    When do the doors open before the Musical Explorers concert? When should I arrive?

    Doors open 30 minutes before each Musical Explorers concert. As these events are general admission (no assigned seats), the earlier you arrive, the closer you will be to the stage. Entry to the Hall will not be granted earlier than 30 minutes prior to each performance.

    Artist Information

    Where can I find more information about the Musical Explorers artists?

    Please consult the “Meet the Artists” section of your Teacher Guide or visit the Carnegie Hall Digital Library.

    Other

    Where can I find additional information about the Musical Explorers repertoire?

    Please consult your Teacher Guide or visit the Carnegie Hall Digital Library.

    Where can my students eat lunch before or after the Musical Explorers concert?

    If the weather is nice, Central Park is only two blocks away. There is also a public atrium between Sixth and Seventh avenues with entrances on West 56th and West 57th streets.

    I have suggestions for Carnegie Hall regarding Musical Explorers. How can I share them?

    Please email all suggestions to feedback@carnegiehall.org.

    I’m interested in helping with Carnegie Hall’s ongoing program assessment project. What should I do?

    Please email Carnegie Hall staff at musicalexplorers@carnegiehall.org to find out how you can help.