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The Orchestra Rocks

One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra rocks.

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Concert Repertoire

Repertoire Exploration

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.

Professional Development Videos

Teaching “Come to Play”

Instrument Families

A Link Up concert at Carnegie Hall
Get to Know the Orchestra
What is an orchestra? Students learn about the instruments and families of the orchestra.

Concert Experience

Children enjoy a Link Up concert in Carnegie Hall
Prepare for the Culminating Concert
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.

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