Musical Explorers

Welcome to Musical Explorers!

Developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Musical Explorers connects elementary students to diverse musical communities – whether they are learning in-person or online. A free program, Musical Explorers builds basic music skills as students learn songs from different cultures and reflect on their own communities. After focusing on three musical genres each semester, digital concerts allow students to “meet” the professional musicians that have guided them on their musical journeys through the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry and beyond!

Registration includes:

  • Access to an easy-to-use digital curriculum, with multiple videos from each artist
  • Digital professional development modules to guide you through each unit
  • Video lessons that students can complete remotely or with a teacher present
  • An original digital concert featuring all artists
  • Zoom classroom visits from the artists for select classes/schools
  • A weekly newsletter with extra ideas and tips for incorporating Musical Explorers into your online or in-person classroom

During the 2020-2021 school year, students will explore Music of India, Cumbia, Calypso, Blues, Klezmer Music and Jazz. The program is packed with informative lessons, articles and books, supplemental songs and videos, activities, and much more to explore and incorporate into your teaching. Although the curriculum was designed with K-2 students in mind, Musical Explorers provides rich opportunities for musical and cultural exploration, and is open to any teacher.

Register now!


Savannah Music Festival raises all funds to deliver Musical Explorers at no cost to students, families, teachers, or schools.

Investment in Savannah Music Festival’s Musical Explorers is provided by the City of Savannah.

Musical Explorers is sponsored by the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Marla & Morris Geffen and May Wall & Walter Lynch.

Musical Explorers is sponsored in part by Walter G. Canipe Foundation, Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, Kole Management Company, Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy, JC Lewis Foundation, Truist Foundation and Anne P. West.

Partial support for Musical Explorers is provided by Atlanta Gas Light, Georgia Council for the Arts, Joan & Jim Hunter, Dayle & Aaron Levy, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry McElreath and Wells Fargo Foundation.

Additional support comes from Anonymous (2), Scott Center & Tatsiana Shakhmuts, Georgia Music Foundation, AM Goldkrand, Toby W. Hollenberg, JCB, Michael & Gail Siegel and Jacqueline & Ken Sirlin.


Lead funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by Fund II Foundation, Linda and Earle S. Altman, Siegel Family Endowment, and 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 and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee; Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation; and KPMG LLP.

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

The Weill Music Institute’s programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.