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If we’ve learned any of ’90s classics like Sister Act II: Back in the Habit and Mr. Holland’s Opus, it’s that taking music lessons for kids (and spoilers: their teachers too) can be life-changing, but it often is miserably underfunded. The funding situation has not really improved, but for almost a year now the school has looked and worked differently for students across the country.
Whether your child is fortunate enough to attend a school where music lessons still play a role, or whether you are in a position where you are solely responsible for this aspect of their learning, you may want support. Fortunately, there is currently a free set of online music lessons and materials available that are not made available by anyone else the legendary Carnegie Hall. Here’s how to access it.
The Musical Explorers program from Carnegie Hall
Musical explorers is a Carnegie Hall’s curriculum Weill Music Institute (WMI) recommended for children between four and eight years of age. It has been used in classrooms across New York City and the rest of the world, but now those behind the program have adapted their curriculum for families with children to use at home.
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The program aims to “connect children with rich and diverse musical communities by building basic musical skills by listening, singing and switching to songs from around the world”. according to his website.
Activities and resources
The Musical Explorers program features activities, a variety of different artists, and digital concerts including:
Sure, it still takes “practice, practice, practice” to get to Carnegie Hall (plus herd immunity which allows the venue to reopen) but for now this is the next best thing.