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Inspire the next generation of music lovers in your classroom through these programs that will help you refine your skills and make music with your students in classrooms and concert halls across New York City and around the world.

Musical Explorers

Musical Explorers helps elementary school students learn songs from around the world, building a deeper understanding of different cultures while developing basic singing and listening skills. The program is available for classrooms around the world, with a free fully digital version available for educators.

Grades: K–2
Availability for Educators: NYC, National, International
Season: School Year

Link Up

The Weill Music Institute’s longest-running music education program, Link Up, gives kids the opportunity to learn to sing and play an instrument with an orchestra in this highly participatory program.

Grades: 3–5
Availability for Educators: NYC, National, International
Season: School Year

Music Educators Workshop

Music educators come together to strengthen their skills through community building, professional development, and musical activities. Each summer, educators from across the United States gather for a four-day intensive workshop.

Grades: K–12 Educators
Availability for Educators: NYC, National
Season: School Year, Summer Program

Ensemble Connect School Partnerships

Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program for extraordinary professional classical musicians in the US, partners with public schools throughout New York City. Each fellow is partnered with an instrumental music teacher, bringing mastery of their instrument and a professional performer’s perspective to music classrooms.

Grades: 3–12
Availability for Educators: NYC
Season: School Year

NeON Arts

NeON Arts—a free program in partnership with the Department of Probation—offers creative workshops across the five boroughs led by local artists who help New York City teens establish positive peer relationships and develop important social and career skills. NYC artists and arts organizations can apply for funding to produce arts programs for young people.

Ages: 16–24
Availability for Artists and Organizations: NYC
Season: School Year, Summer Program


Through grants and professional development, PlayUSA supports community organizations that offer music education programs to K–12 students, including those for whom opportunities to engage in instrumental music instruction are limited by socioeconomic, geographic, or other factors. Organizations can apply annually for funding to bring PlayUSA to their community.

Grades: K–12
Availability for Organizations: NYC, National
Season: School Year

Resources for Teachers

Free Online Resources for Educators

Expand your lesson plans and curriculums, experience education in action with master class and workshop videos, or further develop your teaching skills with tips, tools, and inspiration from top music educators.

Grades: K–12

Great Music Teaching Framework

Find inspiration in this framework developed by the Weill Music Institute as a set of guiding principles for music teachers across all settings.

Grades: K–12

Music Educators Toolbox

The Music Educators Toolbox features free online resources for music teachers that include lesson plans and activities, assessments, video examples, and documented best practices.

Grades: K–12

Perelman American Roots

The Perelman American Roots curriculum explores African American song in many different guises: music from Africa, work songs, Spirituals, and gospel. The program was designed in conjunction with HONOR! A Celebration of African American Cultural Legacy, a Carnegie Hall festival that took place in March 2009, curated by the late Jessye Norman.

Grades: K–12

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Weill Music Institute Support

We thank our many generous supporters of the education and social impact programs created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

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