Communities LinkUP!
(Grades 3–5)

Communities Link Up"I absolutely love the program and feel it has pushed me to have my students perform at a much higher level. [The program is] really a great opportunity for the kids in this area to learn recorder skills and to become familiar with our concert hall and symphony." —Lead teacher, Omaha Symphony

Modeled on Carnegie Hall’s distinctive Link Up music education program for 3rd–5th graders, Communities Link Up teams up professional, community, or university orchestras and local schools at sites throughout the US.

Program Features:
  • Students explore a core musical concept in specific symphonic works through listening, singing, playing the recorder, and composing
  • The yearlong program culminates with an interactive orchestra concert in which students perform prepared vocal and instrumental repertoire selections and share some of their creative work
Carnegie Hall provides at no cost:
  • Link Up curriculum guide and CD for teachers (features singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, reading and notating music, composing and improvising music)
  • Link Up workbook for each student
  • Professional development for lead teachers and orchestra administrators
  • Complete concert script, repertoire list, and accompanying slide show
  • Carnegie Hall's Online Resource Center with materials and resources, including Link Up Beginnings skills-focused curriculum and audio for teachers and students
  • Link Up Social Network-an online community that connects teachers, Carnegie Hall staff, and featured contributors to share ideas, student work, videos, and photos
  • Ongoing support and consultation regarding professional development, program implementation, and media/publicity planning
Your site provides:
  • Culminating interactive concert(s) featuring an orchestra, conductor, and participating Link Up students
  • Link Up teacher professional development workshop(s) and direct support for participating local teachers
  • Soprano recorders for all participants
  • Program related needs, both artistic and administrative
  • Participating teachers and students from local public and/or private schools
  • Ongoing communication with Carnegie Hall regarding program implementation

"I was very excited that you provided an outline and activities for our professional development session … The PowerPoint presentations were great, and the activities effectively walked the teachers through the curriculum so they are prepared for their own classes. Even the warm-up was a hit!" —Lead teacher, West Michigan Symphony

Communities Link Up Regional Partners include:
  • Carnegie Hall West Virginia (Lewisburg, West Virgina)
  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)
  • West Michigan Symphony Orchestra (Muskegon, Michigan)
  • Omaha Symphony (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Albany Symphony (Albany, Georgia)
  • Meridian Symphony (Meridian, Mississippi)
  • Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra (Gulfport, Mississippi)

Communities Link UpQuestions and Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program or starting a Communities Link Up program in your community, please e-mail or call 212-903-9628.

"The [Link Up] program is quite fantastic, and I came back completely revitalized, re-energized, and re-dedicated to the importance and significance of arts education within our school systems. Thank you for that!" —Special Initiatives Director, Mississippi Arts Commission

Delivery of the Weill Music Institute's programs to a nationwide audience is supported, in part, by the US Department of Education and by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

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