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, calypso, Armenian, and hip-hop music. During the 2017–2018 season, students will explore Haitian, Argentine, and South African music. Organizations nationwide are also adapting Musical Explorers, focusing on the culture and artists in their own communities.
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
"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
Support This Program
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.
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.