Musical Explorers

Musical Explorers is a semester-long, curriculum-based program for grades K-2 that focuses on three local ensembles, each representing a musical style and cultural community. Designed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the program builds basic music skills as students learn songs from different cultures and reflect on their own communities. 

Musical Explorers is a free program open to K-2 classroom teachers and elementary music teachers.


  • Register your classroom to participate. Registration will open on Friday, September 18, 2020.

  • Attend a professional development workshop to learn about incorporating the Musical Explorers curriculum in your classroom. This year's Professional Development workshop will be held virtually on Monday, February 1, 2021. Teachers receive printed curriculum guides with lesson plans, a CD and other resources to connect with select state standards from grades K-2.

  • Integrate Musical Explorers lessons in your classroom.

  • Attend the year-end concert with your students at the Holland Center. The free 60-minute concert features the musicians and songs from the curriculum. Reimbursement for the cost of busing is available for schools demonstrating financial need. The tentative concert date is Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:30am and 1:00pm.



  • Irish Music with Jill
  • African American Gospel Music and Spirituals with Danielle and Ananias
  • Early Rock ‘n’ Roll Music with Billy


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Sponsored by Richard Brooke Foundation, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation, Dixon Family Foundation, Hamann Family Fund, Holland Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Bellevue Community Foundation, Ike and Roz Friedman Foundation, The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, Presenter's Circle, The Rebensdorf Family Foundation, Parker Family Foundation,Amy L. Scott Family Foundation, John A. and Dianne M. Scott Fund, J. William and Ruth Lind Scott Fund, and Lori & David Scott Foundation



Get a glimpse of the fun!

Watch this recap video of the 18/19 Musical Explorers year!

Musical Explorers

“Musical explorers allows us to be creative, to explore and to enrich the lives of children. It really allows us to create those connections in the community and to let them be who they are going to be.  Their creativity is endless.”
-Krista Johnson, Musical Explorers Teacher at College View Elementary