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Link Up - A Program of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall

"Through this program you have not only put an instrument into every student's hand....and provided the opportunity to create music as individuals or in groups, you have given students an unforgettable experience and a taste of what is possible in the symphony concert hall.  Children learn how they can become active participants or listeners in the world of orchestral music."


                                                   Omaha, Nebraska


About the Program  

Link Up, a Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute music education program, now in its ninth season, pairs orchestras with students in grades three through five to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum.  Students explore core musical concepts in specific symphonic works through listening, singing, playing the recorder, and composing.  The year-long program culminates with an interactive orchestra concert in which student perform prepared vocal and instrumental repertoire selections and share some of their creative work. 

Find out more about Link Up in Mississippi by watching this film produced by MAC.


Who Is Linking Up?

This unique collaboration between MAC, Carnegie Hall, and orchestras across Mississippi, provides standards-based curriculum to the school district and enables orchestras to expand their current education programs and strengthen relationships with their surrounding schools and community. 

2015 Participating Orchestras and School Districts:

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Participating Schools:

Canton Elementary

Canton School of Arts & Sciences

North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Particpating Schools:

Tupelo Public School District (12 schools)

Lee County School District (5 elementary schools)

North Pontotoc Elementary

South Pontotoc Elementary

Pontotoc City Elementary

Itawamba County Schools

Meridian Symphony Orchestra

Participating Schools:

Merdian Public Schools

  • Crestwood Elementary
  • Oakland Heights Elementary
  • Parkview Elementary
  • Poplar Springs Elementary
  • West End/Harris Elementary
  • West Hills Elementary

Lauderdale County Schools

  • Clarkdale Elementary
  • Northeast Lauderdale Elementary
  • Southeast Lauderdale Elementary
  • West Lauderdale Elementary

Choctaw Tribal Schools

  • Bogue Chitto Elementary
  • Tucker Elementary
  • Conehatta Elementary
  • Pearl River Elementary
  • Standing Pines Elementary
  • Red Water Elementary

Neshoba County Elementary

Quitman Elementary

Enterprise Elementary

Calvary Christian Academy

Lamar Academy

Meridian Christian Home Educators

Meridian Slassical School and Kindermusik Elementary

Gulf Coast Symphony

Participating Schools:

Bayou View Elementary

Gautier Elementary

Singing River Elementary

Vancleave Upper Elementary

East Central Upper Elementary




How Do We Link Up?

Schools receive at no cost:

  • Link Up curriculum guide for teachers

  • CD and DVD resources that accompany the curriculum

  • Link Up workbooks for each student

  • Professional development workshops for teachers provided by MAC or their local partner orchestra

  • Carnegie Hall’s professional development webinar for lead teachers

  • Access to online resources at Carnegie Hall’s website with additional lessons, resources, audio and video support

The orchestra provides:

  • An interactive Link Up Concert featuring the orchestra, conductor and participating Link Up students

  • Link Up teacher professional development workshop(s) and direct support for participating local teachers

Schools provide:

  • Transportation to and from the final concert

  • Instruction to students on recorder, violin and/or voice as outlined in the curriculum, and as preparation for the culminating concert


"I liked feeling like I was part of the symphony when we went to the concert."

                                                   Sixth grade student

                                                   University City, Missouri

Online Resources

Resources for Orchestras:

 Resources for Teachers:

For information on how your school can participate and funding opportunities, contact Link Up Coordinator, Elaine Maisel at or MAC Arts in Education Director, Kim Whitt, at 601/359-6037


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