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Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Musical Explorers! To get started, simply pick a program, use the online development resources and lesson plans, and teach your students about new musical genres and cultural traditions.

Each program includes six lessons built around two songs by three unique artists. All programs culminate in an interactive concert experience, during which your students will celebrate what they've learned, singing and dancing along with their favorite new artists.

The Programs

Program One

  • Georgian Folk with Ilusha
  • Freedom Songs with Imani Uzuri
  • Haitian with Emeline

Program Two

  • Argentine Folk with Sofía R. and Sofia T.
  • Native American with Martha
  • South African Zulu with Bongi and Tshidi

Program Three

  • Greek Folk with Magda
  • Malian Traditional with Yacouba
  • Indian Classical with Falu

Program Four

  • Jazz with Brianna
  • Bomba and Plena with Juan and Julia
  • Brazilian with Fabiana

Program Five

  • Cumbia with Gregorio
  • Armenian Folk with Zulal
  • Hip Hop with Soul Science Lab

This program includes select activities for grades 3–5.

Program Six

  • Bluegrass with Michael
  • Chinese Traditional with Qian Yi
  • Iraqi Folk with Layth

Program Seven

  • Georgian Folk with Ilusha
  • Native American with Martha
  • South African Zulu with Bongi and Tshidi

Program Eight

  • Son Jarocho with the Villalobos Brothers
  • Sicilian Folk with Julia
  • Calypso with Etienne

This program includes select activities for grades 3–5.

Julia and Juan perform
Digital Concert Experience
Each Musical Explorers program culminates in an interactive concert that you can experience with your students from the comfort of your own school.
A world map with scattered pinpoints features photos of artists next to their respective countries.
Interactive Map
Discover the geographic roots of the musical genres featured in the Musical Explorers curriculum through our interactive Around the World Map.

Register for the 2021–2022 School Year

Educators around the world are invited to register for Musical Explorers! Your free, annual registration gives you access to monthly emails to guide you through the curriculum, downloadable concert videos, webinars, direct communications with Carnegie Hall staff for additional support, and more. It also helps us understand how the resources are used, and how we can improve them for you and your students.

Register today

Share Your Feedback

Help us improve the Musical Explorers experience by sharing your feedback in a five-minute survey.

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You can also join an online community of music educators supporting each other and discussing the best ways to engage, nurture, and inspire music learners! The Carnegie Hall Music Educators Facebook Group is here for you.


Fund II Foundation, Siegel Family Endowment

Lead funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by Fund II Foundation, Linda and Earle S. Altman, Siegel Family Endowment, and Ralph W. and Leona Kern.

Additional lead funding for Musical Explorers has been graciously provided by JJR Foundation and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.


Major funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by The Walt Disney Company.

Additional support has been provided by The Edwin Caplin Foundation and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee; Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation; and KPMG LLP.

Musical Explorers is also 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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