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Link Up in the New York City Area

Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Payment

How can my school sign up for Link Up?

This program is available to schools in the New York City tri-state area for grades 3–5. To apply to bring Link Up to your school, email linkup@carnegiehall.org and include your contact info, school city and state, grade level, and number of students.

How many teachers can sign up for Link Up through the online application?

If there are multiple teachers at one school who are interested in implementing the curriculum, you must select one teacher to act as the school’s primary contact. The primary contact will complete the application and, if accepted, will be responsible for maintaining regular communication with Carnegie Hall staff throughout the year. All teachers who are implementing the program directly with students are considered participating teachers and must attend the required professional development workshops.

Do you have to be a music teacher to teach Link Up?

No. However, we recommend that teachers have some basic prior knowledge and/or experience with music. The program includes skills-based work in reading music, singing, and playing the soprano recorder. If you are a general classroom teacher who is interested in participating in Link Up and are not sure if the program is the right fit for you, please call Carnegie Hall at 212-424-2013 to speak with one of our staff members.

My class size went up or down since I applied. What should I do?

Please note that after materials are shipped, the number of students participating in the program cannot be adjusted. Contact Carnegie Hall staff at 212-424-2013 or linkup@carnegiehall.org with any questions.

How much does Link Up cost?

Due to COVID-19, fees for the 2020–2021 school year are waived for all participating schools.

When will Carnegie Hall confirm if I have been accepted into the Link Up program?

Carnegie Hall will confirm if you have been accepted into the program within two weeks of receiving your application. If you have not yet heard from Carnegie Hall regarding your program status by that time, please contact Carnegie Hall staff at 212-424-2013.

Professional Development Workshops

I participated in Link Up last year. Do I still need to attend a professional development workshop?

Yes—every participating teacher is required to attend a Link Up professional development workshop regardless of past participation in the program. Teachers who do not attend the required workshop will forfeit participation in the program. To access the recording of the fall professional development session, email linkup@carnegiehall.org.

What is the optional professional development workshop in January?

This optional professional development workshop will serve as an additional opportunity to explore the Link Up materials and share best practices with fellow Link Up teachers. It is not a requirement of the program, but we highly encourage you to attend.

Where do the Link Up professional development workshops take place?

All Link Up professional development workshops will take place online during the 2020–2021 school year. 


What are the Link Up materials?

All registered teachers receive a printed copy of the teacher guide, and all students receive a recorder. Printable student activity sheets, audio tracks, videos, and other supplemental resources online.

When will I get my Link Up recorders?

In order to receive recorders and teacher guides, participating teachers must attend the mandatory Link Up professional development workshop, available on demand. Participating teachers can expect to receive their recorders two to three weeks after these requirements have been met.

Are there Link Up resources for string teachers?

Yes. Each of the Link Up repertoire selections includes bowings for teachers to use with string classes.

Where can I find materials and resources for my classroom?

The Link Up curriculum is also available online. All participating teachers are encouraged to utilize this digital resource to access printable student activity sheets, audio tracks, videos, and other supplemental resources, and to explore the Music Educators Toolbox for free, open-source resources for music educators and administrators. 


I have suggestions for Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program. How can I share them? 

Please email your suggestions to feedback@carnegiehall.org.

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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