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. Developed 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.


  • Mexican Music with Alexis Arai
  • West African Music with African Culture Connection
  • Musical Theater with Justin Payne


  • Register your classroom to participate. Registration will open on Monday, October 17, 2022.
  • Teachers receive printed curriculum guides with lesson plans, a CD and other resources that connect with select state standards.
  • View the professional development webinar to learn about incorporating the Musical Explorers curriculum in your classroom. This year's webinar will be available to watch on demand starting Wednesday, February 1, 2023. 

  • Integrate Musical Explorers lessons in your classroom at your own pace.

  • Attend the year-end concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, May 2, 2023!

Questions? Email


Sponsored by Iowa West FoundationIke and Roz Friedman FoundationJohn K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Richard Brooke Foundation, Presenters Circle, Rebensdorf Family FoundationJohn A. and Dianne M. Scott Fund, J. William and Ruth Lind Scott Fund, and Whitmore Charitable Trust.



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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