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Musical Explorers
Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Payment

How can my school sign up for Musical Explorers?

The process to sign up for Musical Explorers is two-fold: There is the Application and the Registration. The Application phase will ask you to submit background information about your school culture, distinguishing characteristics, additional arts learning and partnerships, as well as how Musical Explorers fits into your music program’s learning goals for the year. We will review each application, and invite accepted schools to then complete the Registration. Within the Registration phase, links will be sent to accepted schools to select your preferred concert dates and times and submit the final number of students and teachers that will be participating in the program. Registration links will expire on June 15. Please choose your concerts as soon as you receive them. If a concert has reached capacity, you will be asked to choose an alternate concert date.

When is the application due for Musical Explorers?

The Musical Explorers application period opens Wednesday, April 19, 2017 and closes on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Interested teachers can complete an application by clicking the red “Apply Now” button. Accepted schools will receive Registration links on Thursday, June 1, 2017, where teachers will select their preferred concert date and time.

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?

If there are multiple teachers at one school who are interested in implementing the curriculum, you must select ONE teacher to act as that school’s primary contact. That individual will complete the application and, if accepted, will be responsible for maintaining regular communication with Carnegie Hall staff throughout the year. All teachers implementing the program directly with students are considered participating teachers, and must attend the required professional development workshops, as well as the concert.

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?

If there are multiple teachers in your school who are interested in implementing the curriculum, only one representative should apply on behalf of the whole school. The application will have an option to indicate other participating teachers. Only teachers implementing the curriculum directly with students are considered participating teachers and must attend the required professional development workshops and the concerts. Teachers attending the concerts but not implementing the curriculum are considered chaperones.

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

Each year, we ask teachers to increase their availability by picking a first, second, and third choice for concerts. In the event that we have accepted your application into the program but we are unable to seat your school in your first choice concert date, we will automatically attempt to seat your school for your second or third choice concert. Please hold all three of your preferred concert dates until you receive confirmation of concert date and time from Carnegie Hall.

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

Please note that after Tuesday, September 26, the number of students on your application cannot be adjusted, nor can refunds be issued. Please plan accordingly when applying. Contact Carnegie Hall staff at or call 212-903-9803 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 Wednesday, January 31, 2018. For schools paying with purchase order, a copy of the certified order must be submitted by this date by fax to 212-903-0803 or email to

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

Tours are available by reservation. Learn more about Tours of Carnegie Hall.

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

Carnegie Hall will confirm if you have been accepted into the program by Thursday, June 1, 2017. If you have not yet heard from Carnegie Hall regarding your program status by that time, please contact Carnegie Hall staff at 212-903-9803.

Professional Development Workshops

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

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 professional development workshops will forfeit participation in the program.

Are the fall and spring professional development workshops different?

Yes. Every participating teacher is required to attend both 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 professional development workshops will forfeit participation in the program.

Where are the Musical Explorers professional development 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. Get directions to Carnegie Hall.

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.


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 or three weeks after these requirements are met. Participating teachers should 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.


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 instructor seat, 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 that 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 (there are 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.


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

Learn more about the 2017-2018 Musical Explorers artists. You may also consult your Teacher Guide.

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

Lead funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by Ralph W. and Leona Kern.

Lead funding for Musical Explorers has also been graciously provided by JJR Foundation, JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.


Major funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by the E.H.A. Foundation and The Walt Disney Company.

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

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

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