Musical Explorers

    Basic music skills are developed in classrooms as children learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and develop singing and listening skills. Students explore a diverse range of musical genres found in their New York City neighborhoods. During the 2016–2017 season, students explore bluegrass, Chinese traditional, Sudanese celebration songs, calypso, Armenian folk, and hip-hop. During the 2017–2018 season, students will explore Georgian folk, Freedom Songs, and Haitian music in the fall, and Argentine folk, Native American, and South African Zulu music in the spring. Organizations nationwide are also adapting Musical Explorers, focusing on the culture and artists in their own communities.

  • Kids Put Your Hands Up Musical Explorers
  • "This year was absolutely amazing. I love the program and how it ties neighborhoods, countries, and music together. The concert was absolutely amazing! The classes loved it, the teachers loved it, and the kids can't stop talking about actually seeing the performers live after reading and learning about them. I am so impressed … I am totally wowed!"

    —Participating teacher from PS 139K

  • Information for Teachers

    Program Features

    • Two interactive concerts (fall and spring) per year in Zankel Hall featuring multicultural vocalists
    • Two required professional development workshops (fall and spring)
    • A Teacher Guide with accompanying CD, featuring lessons and creative extensions for yearlong coursework, geared toward both music and general classroom teachers
    • Student workbooks

  • "My week in New York, working with the folks at Carnegie … was one of the highlights of my professional career so far ... and sharing this music with new generations ... watching them connect with the music and the messages ... the best!"

     —Joe Jencks, Musical Explorers artist

  • 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, The 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. 

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    Additional support has been provided by The Edwin Caplin Foundation, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, the Lanie & Ethel Foundation, and the Vidda Foundation.

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