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Reflections on Resilience

Carnegie Hall’s PlayUSA launched Reflections on Resilience to explore music as storytelling for students who study instrumental music at PlayUSA partner organizations across the country. In partnership with PlayUSA’s ensemble-in-residence PUBLIQuartet, this project began in April 2021 and will culminate in June 2022.

Reflections on Resilience strives to capture the ways young artists in communities across the country are experiencing this moment in history, creating art amid converging pandemics of a global health crisis and systemic oppression. By engaging in a yearlong project that explores musical improvisation, instrumental exploration, and multimedia storytelling, PlayUSA educators and students will approach two main questions, rooted in the theme of culturally responsive-sustaining education:
  • How do we tell stories, biographical or autobiographical, through a collaborative, creative process?
  • Who tells history? How does history change depending on who’s telling or writing it?

Reflections on Resilience is inspired by Reflections on Beauty, an original multimedia work created by PUBLIQuartet. This season, PUBLIQuartet will work with PlayUSA partners to support young artists in telling personal stories, either their own or those from community members, through story creation, musical composition, and performance.


Watch PUBLIQuartet demonstrate techniques for improvisation and storytelling.

PUBLIQuartet: Music Fundamentals and Improvisation


PlayUSA Partners will be able to submit materials for Reflections on Resilience on this site. Please check back in February 2022 for the submission link.


Carnegie Hall has numerous resources to help composers hone their craft. Visit the links below to join our community of learners.

Discover Digital Music Production

In this five-part course, your students can join producer and percussionist Charles Burchell in his digital music studio to play around with tools and learn how to create loops, beats, basslines, melodies, and arrangements.

Write Your Own Song

In this five-part course, songwriter and performer Bridget Barkan details how to write a meaningful, original song. She explores the power of music and provides a step-by-step approach to crafting a song that truly speaks to your ideas and emotions.

Listen to Other Songwriters

Listen to songs written by members of the Carnegie Hall learning community for past songwriting projects.

If you are an organization interested in applying for a PlayUSA grant in the future, please visit our Grant Application page or email PlayUSA@carnegiehall.org for more information.

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