• Elementary Students Take Over Zankel Hall

    This past week, students piled out of yellow school buses and into Zankel Hall for Musical Explorers, a program for students in grades K–2. Through this inventive program, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute helps students build basic music skills in the classroom as they learn songs from different cultures around New York City. The program ends with a field trip to Carnegie Hall, where students sing along with the artists and music they’ve learned about all semester.

    We took a moment to talk with second grader Darby Lee-Stack about Musical Explorers and her shining moment on stage as a model student.

    Hi, Darby, it’s so nice to meet you. Thanks for talking about Musical Explorers. Tell us, what did you learn this year in Musical Explorers?

    I learned that the artists are from way different countries. I learned that the singers work together to make a great show.

    What was your favorite part of the Musical Explorers show?

    I liked when Falu sang “Allahoo allahoo allahooooo,” and I liked when Fang Tao sang the movement song, and my favorite song that Nate sang was “Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey, Chim chim cher-ee!”, and that they all worked together with the instruments.

    What part of the show most surprised you?

    How loud the drum [the Indian dhol] was—it was really loud!

    Darby Lee-Stack joins Musical Explorers host Sid Solomon and other performers live on stage at Carnegie Hall.

    You were wonderful on stage during the concert. What was it like to be onstage at Carnegie Hall?

    I felt a little nervous at first.

    How do you feel after the show?

    I feel great!

    Who would you like to say thank you to?

    I want say thank you to the all the singers because they do great work, and they give kids learning skills.

    And finally, a famous question—how did you get to Carnegie Hall?

    We used a school bus!

    Thank you so much, Darby! Great job!


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