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. The 2019 program will give your students the chance to learn about:

  • Irish Music with Jill Anderson
  • African American Gospel Music and Spirituals with Danielle Cleveland and Markey Montague
  • Early Rock and Roll Music with Billy McGuigan


  • Register your classroom to participate by December 20, 2019. Register here.

  • Attend a professional development workshop on January 25, 2020 or January 27, 2020 at the Holland Center to learn about incorporating the Musical Explorers curriculum in your classroom. 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 starting in February 2020.

  • Attend the year-end concert with your students on April 28, 2020 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.

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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, The Rebensdorf 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 KMTV's story about the 15/16 year-end concert.

Musical Explorers' "engaging curricular activities, songs and dances have students constantly yearning for more while showing compassion, kindness, respect and an understanding for one another and others.” 

– Tara Wilcox, Musical Explorers teacher at Harrison Elementary