Musical Explorers

Musical Explorers

Musical Explorers, a year-round program developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is designed to connect students in grades K-2 to the diverse musical community that exists right outside their front door. Reaching more than 10,000 children and 300 teachers at more than 50 schools throughout Savannah and the surrounding five counties, the tuition-free program builds basic music and life skills as students learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and engage in music exercises that incorporate lessons in history, geography, literacy, mathematics and social studies. After focusing on three distinct musical genres each semester term, interactive concerts held in the fall and spring allow students to ‘meet’ the professional musicians that have guided them on their musical journeys through the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry and beyond.

During the 2018-2019 school year, students will explore Soul Music, Country Music, Music from Mali, Music from Ireland, Musical Theater and Zydeco.

Click here for the 2018-19 curriculum.



Savannah Music Festival raises all funds to deliver the local Musical Explorers program at no cost to participating students or their families, teachers, or schools. Savannah Music Festival would like to thank the following contributors (as of August 1, 2018):

Investment in the Savannah Music Festival is provided by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.

Musical Explorers is sponsored by the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Walter Lynch & May Wall, National Endowment for the Arts, and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Musical Explorers is sponsored in part by Marla & Morris Geffen,  JC Lewis Foundation, the Kole Family Foundation, Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy, Publix Supermarket Charities, United Way of the Coastal Empire, and Wells Fargo, and Anne P. West. 

Partial support for Musical Explorers is provided by the Bennett Thrasher Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Music Foundation, International Paper, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry McElreath, Southern Company Gas, The Hodge Foundation, Inc. and the Walter G. Canipe Foundation.

Additional supporters of Musical Explorers is provided by JCB, Dayle & Aaron Levy, Macy’s, and Savannah Friends of Music, Inc.

Other support for Musical Explorers was provided by an Anonymous donor, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch-US Trust, Robert & Mary Kay Bristol, Canoochee EMC Foundation, Inc., Mimi Cay, AM Goldkrand, Mrs. Toby W. Hollenberg, Savannah Harbor Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Seligman, Doug & Lamar Webb, and Ms. Ann Yingling.

Musical Explorers is made possible nationally through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and the generous support of its funders.

Lead funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by Ralph W. and Leona Kern.

Additional lead funding for Musical Explorers has been graciously provided by JJR Foundation and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.

Major funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by The Walt Disney Company.

Additional support has been provided by The Edwin Caplin Foundation, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, and KPMG LLP.

Musical Explorers is also made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.