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The Orchestra Rocks

Music rocks when it is powerful and edgy, and when it propels both audiences and performers into motion. Rhythm, defined as the organization of sounds in silence, is a key element in music that rocks as composers and musicians use patterns and grooves to drive music forward. Rock music embodies this propulsive quality with its amplified and electric sounds. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive digital concert experience performance with a professional orchestra, we will experience how it feels when the orchestra rocks. 


Link Up guides students in grades 3–5 through a yearlong exploration of orchestral repertoire and music making. This year, we are excited to announce a new version of Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks that explores rhythm, groove, and the influence of rock ‘n’ roll. Students will explore selections from composers who include Orff, Stravinsky, Chuck Berry, and Jessica Meyer, as well as a new commission by Earl Maneein. At the end of the year, students will participate in a digital concert experience with a professional orchestra. Recorders are provided with your registration, though students can also sing, play other instruments such as violins or Orff instruments, utilize body percussion, and more. 

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Optional Winter Professional Development Workshop

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 4:30 PM–5:30 PM

A recording of this session will be available after that date. To access a recording of this past fall’s workshop, email linkup@carnegiehall.org.

Culminating Digital Concert Experience

An interactive on-demand concert experience will offer students the chance to put the skills they’ve acquired in the program to use as they perform with a professional orchestra. The concert video will be released in May.


Due to COVID-19, fees for the 2020–2021 season have been waived for all participating schools.

Contact Us

For application and program questions, email linkup@carnegiehall.org.

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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.

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.

Additional Information

Fund II Foundation

Lead support for Link Up is provided by Fund II Foundation.

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Additional funding for Link Up is provided by Linda and Earle S. Altman, The Barker Welfare Foundation, JJR Foundation, Macy's, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

Link Up in New York City schools is made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

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