"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."
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.
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:
Canton School of Arts & Sciences
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
Merdian Public Schools
Lauderdale County Schools
Choctaw Tribal Schools
Neshoba County Elementary
Calvary Christian Academy
Meridian Christian Home Educators
Meridian Slassical School and Kindermusik Elementary
Bayou View Elementary
Singing River Elementary
Vancleave Upper Elementary
East Central Upper Elementary
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
Transportation to and from the final concert
"I liked feeling like I was part of the symphony when we went to the concert."
Sixth grade student
University City, Missouri
Resources for Orchestras:
Resources for Teachers:
For information on how your school can participate and funding opportunities, contact Link Up Coordinator, Elaine Maisel at email@example.com or MAC Arts in Education Director, Kim Whitt, at 601/359-6037
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