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Carnegie Hall Expands Online Music Education Resources for Families in New York City and Beyond

Free Digital Resources Bring Music Into Families’ Homes Including Ideas for Educational Activities and Videos Designed to Spark Musical Learning

(New York, NY, May 13, 2020)— Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI)—the Hall’s music education and social impact arm—has recently expanded the range of music education offerings available to families online. At a time when many parents are looking for high-quality educational materials for use with their children at home, Carnegie Hall serves families in New York City and beyond by sharing resources to aid in home learning and engagement. Many free resources are now available on Carnegie Hall’s website for families, including concert experiences, webinars, adapted curriculum, games, instructional videos, audio recordings, and more.

 

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Musical Explorers helps young elementary school students learn songs from around the world, building a deeper understanding of different cultures while developing basic singing and listening skills. The newly digitized curriculum for children in grades K–2 is available for parents based at home with a step-by-step guide for families, including interactive activities such as the Around the World Map, artist-led videos, and digital concert experiences filmed live at Carnegie Hall that highlight diverse musical traditions.

Carnegie Hall invites families and caregivers to write lullabies for the children in their life through the online resources of the Lullaby Project. The Lullaby Project pairs parents with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their children, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. Digital resources include how-to-write-a-lullaby videos and tips on writing and singing your own lullaby as well as streaming tracks from Decca Gold’s (Universal Music Group), Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project. Two new videos are now available on the Carnegie Hall YouTube channel that feature testimonials from moms Tennyse and Aracelis on the songwriting process of writing personal lullabies for their children through the project. Big Note Little Note, a new early childhood program, offers “Music Moments,” an activity series for parents and babies that encourages music-making through movement, soothing exercises, play, and brain building activities.

WMI’s longest-running music education program Link Up, which is used by hundreds of thousands of elementary school students in classrooms nationwide, is also available to parents through a new family-facing resource page. The new page has free activities to invite kids to play, sing, or dance along with videos, fun games, and interactive sheet music.

WMI’s extensive catalog of masterclass video content with leading artists including Joyce DiDonato, Jonathan Biss, Richard Goode, and others, is also available to benefit young aspiring artists. NYO-U, a free online video series that is written and produced by teenage members and alumni of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz, has been specifically developed to invite other teen musicians to explore a range of topics, including mastering fast passages, conquering stage fright, essential items for your instrument case, and more.

“In a time when so many parents are searching for meaningful educational and cultural experiences to share with their kids, we are excited to make these free resources available online, inviting families to play, learn, and engage with all kinds of music,” said Sarah Johnson, Carnegie Hall’s Chief Education Officer and Director of the Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “We hope these activities help to make music an everyday part of families’ lives, now and in the future.”

For the full list of WMI family resources, please visit: carnegiehall.org/FamilyResources

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About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. Nearly 600,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes more than half a million students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with over 115 orchestras in the US from Alaska to Puerto Rico, as well as internationally in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Kenya, and Spain.

For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/education

Lead support for Lullaby Project is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari, The ELMA Music Foundation (U.S.), William Penn Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Major funding is provided by Ameriprise Financial, MetLife Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).


Additional support has been provided by JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation and Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation.

Public support has been provided by the NYC Health+Hospitals Arts in Medicine Department, with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and the Department of Correction in partnership with the Office of the Manhattan Borough President.

Lead support for Link Up is provided by Fund II Foundation.

Additional funding for Link Up is provided by Linda and Earle S. Altman, The Barker Welfare Foundation, JJR Foundation, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

Link Up in New York City schools is made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.

Lead funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by Fund II Foundation, Linda and Earle S. Altman, Siegel Family Endowment, and Ralph W. and Leona Kern.

Additional lead funding for Musical Explorers has been graciously provided by JJR Foundation and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.

Major funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by The Walt Disney Company.

Additional support has been provided by The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, and KPMG LLP.

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

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

NYO-USA Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Major funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

Additional funding has been provided by Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation.

Public funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

NYO2 Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Major support for NYO2 is provided by Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.

With additional funding provided by Ardian US Foundation, Sarah Arison, and Ernst & Young LLP.

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

NYO Jazz Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive and Anya Gillinson,

Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

Additional support has been provided by Sarah Arison, and Bank of America.

 

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