Link Up in the New York City Area
The Orchestra Rocks
Music rocks when it is powerful and edgy, and when it propels both audiences and performers into motion. Rhythm, defined as the organization of sounds in silence, is a key element in music that rocks as composers and musicians use patterns and grooves to drive music forward. Rock music embodies this propulsive quality with its amplified and electric sounds. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive digital concert experience performance with a professional orchestra, we will experience how it feels when the orchestra rocks.
Link Up guides students in grades 3–5 through a yearlong exploration of orchestral repertoire and music making. This year, we are excited to announce a new version of Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks that explores rhythm, groove, and the influence of rock ‘n’ roll. Students will explore selections from composers who include Orff, Stravinsky, Chuck Berry, and Jessica Meyer, as well as a new commission by Earl Maneein. At the end of the year, students will participate in a digital concert experience with a professional orchestra. Recorders are provided with your registration, though students can also sing, play other instruments such as violins or Orff instruments, utilize body percussion, and more.
Optional Winter Professional Development Workshop
Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 4:30 PM–5:30 PM
A recording of this session will be available after that date. To access a recording of this past fall’s workshop, email email@example.com.
Culminating Digital Concert Experience
An interactive on-demand concert experience will offer students the chance to put the skills they’ve acquired in the program to use as they perform with a professional orchestra. The concert video will be released in May.
Due to COVID-19, fees for the 2020–2021 season have been waived for all participating schools.
How to Use the CurriculumLearn how to navigate the Link Up curriculum according to the needs of your classroom.
Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.
The Orchestra Rocks with Pulse
How do we use rhythmic pulse to make music rock? Students explore steady beat, tempo, and strong and weak beats as they experience the pulse that drives music.
The Orchestra Rocks with Rhythm
How do composers rock using rhythmic phrases, meters, and beats? Students explore rhythmic phrasing, syncopation, and accents in the concert repertoire.
The Orchestra Rocks with Movement
What is the role of movement and dance in music that rocks? Students discover dance forms associated with three pieces of repertoire from different eras.
Sounds that Rock
What are the sounds that make music rock? Students will explore timbre, volume, and other sound qualities that make music rock, and discover how musicians use their own individual sounds when covering an original song.
What is an orchestra? Students learn about the instruments and families of the orchestra.
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.