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Standards and Acknowledgements

Learning Standards

National Core Arts Standards for Music

Common Anchor #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Common Anchor #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Common Anchor #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Common Anchor #4: Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.
Common Anchor #5: Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
Common Anchor #6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Common Anchor #7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Common Anchor #8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Common Anchor #9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Common Anchor #10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Common Anchor #11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Music

Strand 1 Music Making: By exploring, creating, replicating, and observing music, students build their technical and expressive skills, develop their artistry and a unique personal voice in music, and experience the power of music to communicate. They understand music as a universal language and a legacy of expression in every culture.

Strand 2 Developing Music Literacy: Students develop a working knowledge of music language and aesthetics, and apply it to analyzing, evaluating, documenting, creating, and performing music. They recognize their roles as articulate, literate musicians when communicating with their families, schools, and communities through music.

Strand 3 Making Connections: By investigating historical, social, and cultural contexts, and by exploring common themes and principles connecting music with other disciplines, students enrich their creative work and understand the significance of music in the evolution of human thought and expression.

Strand 4 Working With Community and Cultural Resources: Students broaden their perspective by working with professional artists and arts organizations that represent diverse cultural and personal approaches to music, and by seeing performances of widely varied music styles and genres. Active partnerships that combine school and local community resources with the full range of New York City’s music and cultural institutions create a fertile ground for students’ music learning and creativity.

Strand 5 Exploring Careers and Lifelong Learning: Students consider the range of music and music-related professions as they think about their goals and aspirations, and understand how the various professions support and connect with each other. They carry physical, social, and cognitive skills learned in music, and an ability to appreciate and enjoy participating in music throughout their lives.

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Through hands-on activities and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, Link Up helps to address the Common Core State Standards, empowering students through learning activities that emphasize college and career readiness and help students
  • demonstrate independence
  • build strong content knowledge
  • respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
  • comprehend and critique
  • value evidence
  • use technology and digital media strategically and capably
  • come to understand other perspectives and cultures

While the Link Up curriculum focuses primarily on music performance skills, content knowledge, and creativity, students also build core capacities in English and math. Through composition, active listening, describing and analyzing standard repertoire, and a focus on the historical context of orchestral music, Link Up provides students with the opportunity to put these core capacities to use in a new domain. Specific activities throughout the curriculum also address these English and math capacities directly, encouraging reading, writing, and quantitative thinking.


Scores and Recordings

“Come to Play,” music and lyrics by Thomas Cabaniss. Published by MusiCreate publications. Performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Moran Katz.

“Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9, music by Ludwig van Beethoven. Lyrics by Thomas Cabaniss. Published by MusiCreate publications. Performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Moran Katz.

Largo from Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” by Antonín Dvořák. Performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch. Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd. Under license from EMI Film & Television Music. Play-along tracks performed by Thomas Cabaniss, Anouska Swaray, and Moran Katz.

“Ram Tori Maya” by Reena Esmail. © 2019 by A Piece of Sky Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Performed by Reena Esmail and Saili Oak.

“Oye” by Jim Papoulis. © 2004 by Jeemakis Music (BMI). Administration by Claryl Music (ASCAP). International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Hendon Music Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, sole agent. Courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes. Performed by Thomas Cabaniss, Amy Justman, and Sophia Miller. Pronunciation guide spoken by Christian Figueroa.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten. © 1947 by Hawkes & Son (London) Ltd. Courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes. Instrument excerpts performed by The Fountain Ensemble and narrated by Hillarie O’Toole. Theme performed by London Symphony Orchestra and Steuart Bedford. Courtesy of Naxos of America.

Finale from The Firebird Suite (1919 version) by Igor Stravinsky. Performed by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment and the New York Philharmonic. Leonard Bernstein’s performance courtesy of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc. Video footage courtesy of Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, conductor.


Page 8: Link Up by Chris Lee. Concert Repertoire divider: Link Up by Chris Lee. Page 21: Link Up by Chris Lee. Page 28: Link Up by Chris Lee. Repertoire Exploration divider: Link Up by Chris Lee. Page 43: “We Shall Overcome” photograph by Thomas Hawk / BY-NC 2.0. Page 47: Link Up by Chris Lee. Pages 48–49: Illustrations by Sophie Hogarth. Page 56: Kathak dance by User:Mohsin2525 / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0. Page 58: “Oye” choreography by Amy Kirkland. Instrument Families divider: Link Up by Chris Lee. Page 61: Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser by Stefan Cohen. Page 70: Link Up by Chris Lee. Concert Experience divider: Link Up by Chris Lee. Page 71: Carnegie Hall image by Jeff Goldberg / Esto. Page 73: Carnegie Hall images by Jeff Goldberg / Esto; Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela by Chris Lee; Martin Luther King Jr. courtesy of James E. Hinton / Carnegie Hall Rose Archives; Beatles poster courtesy of Carnegie Hall Rose Archives; Soweto Gospel Choir by Jack Vartoogian. Additional Information divider: Link Up by Chris Lee.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Jim Papoulis for providing the orchestral arrangement of “Oye,” to Maria Schwab and the students of PS 84Q, and to Carey White and the Elisabeth Morrow School for their participation in the creation of video resources for Link Up, to Dianne Berkun-Mennaker for her work with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and to Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for use of The Firebird story.


Thomas Cabaniss, Composer; Daniel Levy and Tanya Witek, Writers; Amy Kirkland, Editor; Sophie Hogarth, Illustrator; Reena Esmail, Composer; Saili Oak, Indian Classical Vocalist and Educator; Scott Lehrer, Audio Production; and RPP Productions, Inc., Video Production.

Weill Music Institute

Joanna Massey, Director, Learning & Engagement Programs
Amy Mereson, Assistant Director, Learning & Engagement Programs
Angelica Tran, Manager, Learning & Engagement Programs
Adriel Lyles, Associate, Learning & Engagement Programs
Kamila Muhammad, Coordinator, Learning & Engagement Programs

Publishing and Creative Services

Katie Johnson, Associate Editor
Raphael Davison, Assistant Art Director

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