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For the 2020–2021 school year, all registered schools will participate in the fall and spring semester concerts through a Digital Concert Experience. You can find out more about the Digital Concert Experience below.
Before the Concert
- Review the three artists and their music.
- Look at the Musical Explorers Around the World Map for your program and have students find the countries represented on the map. Ask students what they remember about the artists and the music.
- Listen to each song.
- Brainstorm with students about how to be active listeners, enthusiastic performers, and successful audience members during the concert.
- Prepare for the surprise songs.
- During the concert, each of the artists will sing a surprise song that the students have not heard or studied. These songs are selected to complement the two songs in the curriculum and to provide students with an active listening experience as they encounter new music for the first time in a concert setting.
- Explain to students that they are in for some exciting surprises during the concert because there will be three songs that they have never heard before. You can ask them to raise their hands or say, “Surprise!” when they hear a surprise song at the concert.
- Ask students to guess what the surprise songs by each artist will be like.
- Will they be fast or slow? Quiet or loud?
- Will there be movement or dancing?
- Explain that you will be seeing how much they remember about the surprise songs after the concert.
After the Concert
- Discuss the overall concert experience.
- Discuss the surprise songs.
- What surprise songs do you remember?
- What do you remember about these songs? Were they slow or fast, long or short? Was there movement to do? Was there any part that you sang along with?
- Which was your favorite surprise song and why?
- Reflect on the concert experience by having students write letters to their favorite artists, using the student activity sheet provided.
- Share your students’ reflections by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Concert Resources
The Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters will culminate with a concert that can be enjoyed on demand as a digital experience. Although the students will not physically be at Carnegie Hall, you should empower them as audience members to fully participate with the concert by singing along, dancing, and interacting with the artists and host.Here are some tips to get ready for your Digital Concert Experience:
- Familiarize yourself with the concert ahead of time so that you can better facilitate throughout the performance.
- Download the concert to your device ahead of time to avoid issues with streaming.
- Act as a co-host for the concert.
- For example, at the beginning of each Musical Explorers concert, the host usually directs a question to the audience members. As the co-host, we encourage you to engage your students in those questions and any others that arise.
- Encourage participation from all attendees—including students’ families! By modeling participation—standing, singing, and moving to choreography—you can demonstrate engagement with each song during the concert.
- If you are sharing the video on a learning management system or other platform, encourage students to add comments or like their favorite moments of the concert as they watch; getting a dialogue going is a great way to engage!
- Share viewing tips for families and encourage them to view the concert with their children. You can highlight particular moments to watch for and encourage families to film themselves participating.
- Ask students to think about their favorite songs and artists so they can share their responses after the concert.
- If you are showing the video asynchronously, try recording yourself acting as the co-host so that students can get a full concert experience.