• Thursday, Oct 14, 2010

    50,000 NYC Area Students Experience Great Music Through Weill Music Institute Programs



    Carnegie Hall Teaching Artists Enter New York City Classrooms This Fall,
    Bringing Weill Music Institute School Programs To Life

    Providing Access Beyond New York:
    WMI’s Link Up Program Increases Number of Partner Sites Across the US;
    Online Resource Center Makes Materials and Videos
    Available for Free to Educators Worldwide

    For More Information on the Weill Music Institute Programs
    Visit: carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute


    More than 50,000 New York City-area students will have the opportunity to experience and interact with great music this year through a range of curriculum-based school programs, designed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI).

    This fall, teaching artists, provided and trained by WMI, will engage with select area classrooms, working with students and teachers to make Carnegie Hall’s music education programs come to life. These fun and innovative programs are provided for students in first grade through high school and include: Musical Explorers (grades 1-2), Link Up (grades 3-5), Perelman American Roots (grades 6-8), Global Encounters, and Cultural Exchange (both grades 9-12). All programs culminate with exciting, interactive concerts at Carnegie Hall. In addition to these sequentially-linked programs, WMI provides extensive professional development for both teachers and teaching artists through mandatory sessions led by Carnegie Hall staff. School-based programs are only one area of the Weill Music Institute—Carnegie Hall’s education and community programs arm—which also presents extensive programs for local communities, including free concerts throughout New York City, and training opportunities for professional musicians.

    Carnegie Hall and WMI believe that sharing its educational expertise and artistic excellence to a broader audience continues to be a major priority for the institution. WMI’s online resource center (carnegiehall.org/orc/), launched last season to share WMI’s program materials and research with the broader education field, serves as a central location for music education resources including videos, curriculum materials, audio and other content relevant for educators nationwide. The online resource center and program-specific social networks will continue to evolve and become a place for dialogue among teachers and students as well as providing a wealth of information for educators nationwide, including multimedia resources on teaching artistry and professional development, curriculum materials, and general music education resources.

    In addition, WMI has expanded its Link Up program by partnering with 16 orchestras and organizations across the country this year (up from 9 sites in the 2009–2010 season) bringing this music education program for 3rd through 5th graders to tens of thousands of students nationwide. Since its inception in 1985, Carnegie Hall’s acclaimed Link Up program has engaged hundreds of thousands of students in New York City and the tri-state area in musical learning. During the 2010–2011 season, WMI utilizes a new curriculum, “The Orchestra Sings,” which gives students opportunities to explore, construct, and deconstruct melodies from a range of colorful orchestral repertoire while singing, playing the recorder, and composing. Link Up is one component of an expanded roster of national and international education and community initiatives led by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

    “Arts education has been evolving over the last 40 years, and cultural organizations like ours have a key role to play within the complex ecosystem that makes up a strong arts education for our students,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. “Our hope is that the Weill Music Institute’s programs and online resources can support teachers and orchestras nationwide as they bring great music to a wider audience, helping to instill a love for the arts in as many young people as possible.”

    Weill Music Institute School Programs


    Musical Explorers (1st and 2nd grades) introduces students to musical concepts through explorations of the different cultures and traditions from neighborhoods across New York City. Students and teachers learn from curriculum materials, online resources, and participatory concerts at Carnegie Hall. This season, students meet vocalists representing Irish, Indian, African-American spiritual, South African, Western classical, and Colombian song traditions. The semesters culminate with two concerts each day on November 15, 17, 18, and 19 and April 27-29 and May 3 in Zankel Hall.

    Link Up (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades) enables students to develop performing, listening, and composition skills through curriculum, online resources, and participatory concerts at Carnegie Hall. The curriculum is aligned with New York City, State, and United States standards for music learning. Through new curriculum—started last season with “The Orchestra Rocks”—continuing this season with “The Orchestra Sings” and through hands-on activities and a culminating interactive performance at Carnegie Hall, students will discover how the orchestra sings by learning about one of the universal elements of music: melody. This year-long program culminates May 24–26 in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    Perelman American Roots (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) integrates arts and humanities learning into social studies and music classrooms through active, personal, and musical exploration of American music. This season, students explore African American song and its connections to history and current events in social studies and choral classrooms with two culminating concerts on May 10 in Zankel Hall featuring the chorus Songs of Solomon (photos from previous years’ concerts).

    Global Encounters (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades) integrates the study of world music into high school social studies, English, and music classrooms with in-school artist workshops and concerts in Zankel Hall. During fall 2010, Global Encounters focuses on the music of India with culminating concerts by tabla master Sameer Gupta on December 8 in Zankel Hall and during spring 2011 on the music of Mexico with culminating performances by Mexico City-based harpist, Celso Duarte and his ensemble on May 4 in Zankel Hall.

    Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades) connects students and teachers in New York City and in focus regions abroad through curriculum incorporating cultural traditions, musical concepts, and performance, culminating in concerts that link participants by videoconference on February 2 and May 20. This year will focus on the exchange between teachers and students in New York City and Mexico City. The featured artists will be the Celso Duarte Sextet from Mexico, and the Maurice Brown Effect from New York City. Click here for a video from a past season’s program.

    NOTE: The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids designed for children ages three to six will now be presented in community settings throughout the five boroughs of New York City. These free, interactive, 45-minute concerts feature songs, movement, and instrument demonstrations as well as opportunities for musical creativity and play. For more information and a schedule, visit carnegiehall.org/carnegiekids.

    In addition to curriculum-based programs, WMI offers additional programs for students and teachers:

    Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) again teams up with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop for a creative learning project that involves hundreds of New York City high school students. The centerpiece of this program is Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, which takes the timeless brilliance of Handel’s oratorio and infuses it with a blend of jazz, gospel, rock, and R&B. A large choir of hundreds of students has learned this piece and will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Ms. Alsop for the performance at Carnegie Hall on November 14, 2010. Some participating choirs also will have the opportunity to work with composers to create their own choral anthems based on the themes explored in The Gospel Messiah. These original works will be premiered in Zankel Hall on November 21, 2010. WMI and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra previously partnered on The Bernstein Mass Project, a program for New York City high school students, in the 2008–2009 season.

    The Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival is a biannual program that gives high school choirs from around the country, chosen by audition, the opportunity to work with a nationally recognized conductor on a major choral work performed at Carnegie Hall. This year’s program will culminate with two select high school choirs coming to New York City in February 2011 for a weeklong workshop with Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Norman Mackenzie, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s longtime chorus director, as well as professional singers participating in WMI’s Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. The culminating performance on February 13, 2011 of Berlioz’s Requiem will feature all chorus participants and tenor Thomas Cooley performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s led by Mr. Spano.

    The Blueprint Model School is a partnership between the Weill Music Institute and PS/MS 161 in Harlem that aims to create a model for music education based on the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Music created by the New York City Department of Education and members of the New York City cultural community. With sequential music programs, learning resources, innovative teaching practices, and assessment tools, this partnership will create a template that other arts organizations and schools can utilize and adapt for their own communities. The partnership began during the 2008–2009 season. This season marks the third year of the partnership and will include a focus on deepening student work, community engagement through the presentation of Neighborhood Concerts for parents and teachers, weekly visits by teaching artists, and the development of comprehensive units of study and assessment for music classrooms.

    Opportunities are available to visit a classroom, observe a Teaching Artist session, or attend a performance at Carnegie Hall. If you are interested in seeing a first-hand account of these programs, please contact Maggie Ciadella at mciadella@carnegiehall.org for more information.

    The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
    The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve over 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, as well as 65,000 people around the world through its online and distance learning initiatives.

    For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute.

    The Weill Music Institute is supported, in part, by The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation.

    The Weill Music Institute’s programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by the US Department of Education and by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

    Programs of the Weill Music Institute are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 



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