Musical Explorers

Welcome to Musical Explorers!

Fall 2022 registration is now open!
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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, in-person and digital concerts allow students to “meet” the professional musicians that have guided them on their musical journeys through the Georgia 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 2022 fall semester, students will explore opera, African-American Spirituals and Gospel, and bluegrass. 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.

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Savannah Music Festival provides Musical Explorers at no cost to participants through the generous support of donors and sponsors. Thank you! 


Investment in Savannah Music Festival’s Musical Explorers is provided by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Musical Explorers is sponsored by the City of Savannah, the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and May Wall, Walter Lynch & May Li Wall Lynch.

Musical Explorers is sponsored in part by Walter G. Canipe Foundation, Marla & Morris Geffen, Kole Management Company, Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy, the J C Lewis Foundation, the Johanna Anderson Trueblood Foundation and Anne P. West. 

Partial support for Musical Explorers is provided by Anonymous, Atlanta Gas Light, International Paper, Jill Kammermeyer & Robert Hochstetler, Dayle & Aaron Levy, Vicki & Jerry McElreath, and the One Hundred Children’s Foundation.

Additional support comes from Anonymous, Scott Center & Tatsiana Shakhmuts, Great Dane, Toby W. Hollenberg, Mimi, Joe & Parnell Krupp, Amanda Montford, Jacqueline & Ken Sirlin, Frankie & Stan Thornton, and Mary Beth Winslow & Bill Darby.

The above list represents support provided within the last 12 months as of 09.08.2022.


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.