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On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., three New York City-based musical groups will perform in Zankel Hall as part of the Musical Explorers Family Concert, an interactive experience celebrating music from around the world.

The performance features cumbia with Gregorio Uribe, Armenian folk with Zulal, and hip-hop with Soul Science Lab. Free pre-concert activities are offered one hour prior to each performance, preparing parents and children to sing and dance along with the artists.

New York City public school students in grades K–2 have been learning about these same artists throughout the semester as part of the Musical Explorers program, which teaches basic music skills in the classroom as children study songs from these musical genres, reflect on their own communities, and develop singing and listening skills. From Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to Friday, January 17, 2020 thousands of children will visit Carnegie Hall for high-energy culminating concerts with their classes.

Musical Explorers has expanded nationally this year with a new digital platform that provides teachers with free online classroom resources, including lesson plans, artist-led videos, and digital concert experiences filmed live at Carnegie Hall. Hundreds of teachers across the U.S. are utilizing Carnegie Hall’s first all-digital curriculum, bringing musical traditions from around the world to their classroom. Altogether, more than 150,000 students will participate in Musical Explorers through the online platform during the 2019–2020 season.

Directors who make a Difference

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

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