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Resources for Young Musicians

Carnegie Hall’s free online resources support teenage students, aspiring musicians, and young professional artists on their music-learning journeys. Explore tools to create your own music, collaborate with peers, hear insights from professional musicians, and more.

Songwriting and Music Production

Share Your Vision for the World

Create art with a purpose in this course for young thinkers, activists, and musicians. Led by hip-hop artists and educators Chen Lo and Asante Amin—the creative forces behind Soul Science Lab—these lessons introduce a creative process for sharing your vision to the world.

Topics: Songwriting, Composition, Music Production
Focus: Instruction (Participatory Course)
Time commitment: 20 minutes–2 hours

Refine Your Creative Process

Explore compositional practices with artists Mazz Swift, Clay Ross, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles as you refine your own creative process. Learn about each artist’s values and inspiration as they guide you through this online course.

Topics: Songwriting, Composition
Focus: Instruction (Participatory Course)
Time commitment: 20 minutes–2 hours

Dive into Digital Music

Step inside producer and percussionist Charles Burchell’s studio in this five-part video series. Learn all about the different components of digital music production, including how to create loops, beats, basslines, melodies, and arrangements.

Topics: Digital Media, Music Production, Composition
Focus: Instruction (Participatory Course)
Time commitment: 30 minutes–2 hours

Create Your Own Song

Join songwriter and performer Bridget Barkan for this five-part video series. Learn how to craft an original song that speaks to your emotions and ideas, including how to write a chorus, bridge, and verses before putting the final touches on your composition.

Topics: Voice, Songwriting, Composition
Focus: Instruction (Participatory Course)
Time commitment: 20 minutes–2 hours

Experience Original Music

Watch teen musicians from across New York City come together to create, perform, and produce their own musical compositions across all genres and instruments.

Topics: Songwriting, Composition
Focus: Inspiration
Time commitment: 5 minutes

Hear Inspiring New Works

Young artists connect with fellow musicians and develop their talents with professional mentors as part of Future Music Project. Listen along to some of their musical creations in this songwriting playlist.

Topics: Songwriting, Composition
Focus: Inspiration
Time commitment: 2–5 minutes

Instrumental

The Connected Musician

Learn creative tools to engage today’s audiences and spark joy and connection with your music through this self-paced video series for collegiate and early professional performers, featuring guidance from Ensemble Connect alums and other leaders in the field.

Topics: Audience Engagement, Teaching Artistry
Focus: Instruction, Inspiration
Time commitment: 5 minutes–4 Hours

Explore Virtual Ensemble Performances

Extraordinary young musicians from across the US come together each summer to learn from today’s most celebrated artists as part of Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles, where they learn from world-class faculty, explore major musical works, perform with celebrated guest artists, and much more. Watch them perform classical and jazz music in a unique online format.

Topics: Jazz, Orchestra
Focus: Performance
Time commitment: 5–10 minutes

Master New Techniques

Learn from peer musicians in this series of mini–master classes in which members and alums of Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles explore ways you can take your playing to the next level.

Topics: Stage Fright, Reed Making, Practice Journal, Techniques, Performance
Focus: Instruction
Time commitment: 5–10 minutes

Build Your Orchestral Artistry

Delve into wide-ranging master classes by top players from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Berliner Philharmoniker as they train the next generation of talented instrumentalists.

Topics: Orchestra, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass
Focus: Instruction (Master Classes)
Time commitment: 10–30 minutes

Enhance Your Piano Playing

Pianists Jonathan Biss and Richard Goode provide technical tips and musical insights as they mentor young musicians in piano works by Debussy, Brahms, Beethoven, and Schubert.

Topics: Piano, Sonatas, Preludes, Impromptus, Klavierstücke
Focus: Instruction (Master Classes)
Time commitment: 5 minutes–1 hour

Train with Kronos Quartet

Through the initiative Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a diverse mix of 50 composers share their works to create a new trove of resources for training young musicians. This workshop features the Ligeti, Argus, and Friction quartets, as well as other participating ensembles.

Topics: Strings, String Quartets, New Music
Focus: Instruction (Workshop), Inspiration
Time commitment: 5–45 minutes

Learn from Latin Jazz Traditions

Clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Paquito D’Rivera and members of his ensemble discuss Latin jazz roots and rhythms, and the importance of communication and continued learning as a jazz artist. Workshop participants and faculty perform together in culminating concerts.

Topics: Jazz, Improvisation
Focus: Instruction (Workshop), Inspiration
Time commitment: 2–5 minutes

Vocal

Captivate Audiences with Voice

World-renowned vocalists—including Joyce DiDonato and Marilyn Horne—share their insights with emerging professional singers and collaborative pianists.

Topics: Opera, Art Songs, Song Repertoire
Focus: Instruction (Master Classes)
Time commitment: 10–40 minutes

Discover Different Hip-Hop Styles

Legendary hip-hop artist Black Thought led a master class at Carnegie Hall for rising and professional MCs. Check out these performances from their sold-out culminating concert.

Topics: Hip-Hop
Focus: Inspiration
Time commitment: 2–5 minutes

Understanding the Art of Recital

French soprano Natalie Dessay shares her love of the recital art form and the unique challenges and opportunities it brings to singers.

Topics: Recital, Art Songs, Debussy
Focus: Inspiration
Time commitment: 2 minutes

Weill Music Institute Support

We thank our many generous supporters of the education and social impact programs created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

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Lead support for workshops and master classes is provided by Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and A.E. Charitable Foundation.

Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.

Lead support for Future Music Project is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation.

Ameriprise Financial

Major funding is provided by Ameriprise Financial and MetLife Foundation.

New York City Administration for Children's Services

Public support is provided by the City of New York through the Administration for Children’s Services.

Youth Opportunity Hubs

Carnegie Hall is a partner in The Door's Youth Opportunity Hub, funded [in part] by the New York County District Attorney's Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII).

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