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The Orchestra Sings

Melody is one of the universal elements of music. Composers and musicians create melodies, which can be sung or played on instruments. The orchestra sings when its musicians play melodies on their instruments. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra sings. A PDF version of the print teacher guide is available upon request for printing purposes only. Please email linkup@carnegiehall.org for more information.

Concert Repertoire

Repertoire Exploration

Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.

Melodies Are Made of Patterns

How are melodies constructed? Students establish an understanding of musical patterns and find them in the melodies of “Come to Play,” “Ode to Joy,” and the “New World” Symphony.

Melodies Can Be Connected to Words

How are composers inspired to create melodies from words? Students explore the melodic settings of the poems “To Make Words Sing” and “The City” by Langston Hughes.

Melodies Can Be Varied

How do composers use musical elements and the orchestra to play with melodies? Students explore melodic variations in “Simple Gifts” and try their own variations for the “New World” Symphony.

Melodies Play Together

How does the melody change when played in harmony or with accompaniment? Students explore the difference between melodies in unison and melodies played in harmony in “Oye.”

Melodies Tell a Story

How does music help to tell a story? Students explore melody, harmony, and accompaniment as elements of storytelling in The Firebird Suite.

Professional Development Videos

Vocal Warm-Ups

Instrument Families

Get to Know the Orchestra

What is an orchestra? Students learn about the instruments and families of the orchestra.

Concert Experience

Prepare for the Culminating Concert

How can we prepare for and reflect on our culminating concert experience with our Link Up partner orchestra? Students learn about Carnegie Hall and important landmarks in their own neighborhood, as well as prepare for and reflect on the culminating concert.

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