Category Archives: Musical Explorers – Fall 2022

Lesson 2: Exploring “Put All Your Troubles Away”

Aim: How do musicians create a bluegrass jam?Summary: Students learn “Put All Your Troubles Away,” and explore the different parts of a bluegrass jam.Materials: Music Explorers online audioStandards: GA: ESGM2.CR.1, ESGM2.PR.1, ESGM2.RE.1, ESGM3.RE.3, ESGM2.CN.1, ESGM2.CN.2Vocabulary: banjo, bass, fiddle, guitar, jam, lead, mandolinSee Glossary → Sing “Put All Your Troubles Away” Music is one way to…

Unit 1: Bluegrass with David and Tabitha

Genre Overview Bluegrass is a style of American roots music that dates back to the 1700s, when English, Scottish, and Welsh immigrants settled in Appalachia, and brought with them ballads (unaccompanied narrative songs) and reels (dance tunes accompanied by a fiddle). These came together with African American traditions—first the banjo, which came from west Africa,…

Lesson 1: Learning “La Donna è Mobile”

Aim: What are some elements of opera singing?Summary: Students will explore the elements of classical singing technique by listening to and learning “La Donna è Mobile.” Materials: Musical Explorers digital resources, Musical Explorers Student GuideStandards: GA: ESGM2.PR.1, ESGM2.RE.1, ESGM2.CN.1, ESGM2.CN.2Vocabulary: bass, breathing, mezzo-soprano, opera, posture, projection, repertoire, soprano, tenor, vibrato, vocal warm-ups See Glossary →…

Lesson 2: Learning “Nessun Dorma”

Aim: How do opera singers use their voices to tell a story?Summary: Students will explore the ways opera singers express emotion through dramatic musical storytelling.Materials: Musical Explorers digital resources, Musical Explorers Student Guide; chart paper, markersStandards: GA: ESGM2.PR.1, ESGM2.RE.1, ESGM2.CN.1, ESGM2.CN.2Vocabulary: aria, dynamics, pitch, repetitionSee Glossary → Sing and Interpret “Nessun Dorma” Princess Turandot says…

Lesson 1: Learning “Uncle Pen”

Aim: What is the form of a bluegrass song?Summary: Students learn to sing “Uncle Pen” and use movement to identify the different parts of a bluegrass song form.Materials: Music Explorers online material and audioStandards: GA: ESGM2.PR.1, ESGM2.RE.1, ESGM3.RE.3, ESGM2.CN.2Vocabulary:  bluegrass, break, chorus, introduction, verse See Glossary → Sing “Uncle Pen” Track 3 – Uncle Pen…

Glossary

accelerando: when the tempo speeds up, or accelerates alto: in operatic or Western choral singing, the lowest common female voice aria: a solo song in an opera banjo: a 5-stringed instrument played by plucking the strings baritone: in operatic or Western choral singing, the second-highest male voice  bass: in operatic or Western choral singing, the…

Core Activities

These activities are designed to complement the core curriculum of Musical Explorers, further supporting students’ musical curiosity and development as they become true musical explorers. All activities in the digital and interactive formats can be found at carnegiehall.org/MusicalExplorersNYC under Core Activities. Sing the “Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Song”   The “Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Song”,…

Meet the Artists

Standards for Music Education

Georgia Standards of Excellence in General Music – Elementary Creating ESGMK-2.CR.1: Improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.ESGMK-2.CR.2: Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.ESGMK-2.CR.3: Share creative work. Performing ESGMK-2.PR.1: Sing a varied repertoire of music, alone and with others.ESGMK-2.PR.2: Perform a varied repertoire of music on instruments, alone and with others.ESGMK-2.PR.3: Read and notate music. Responding…

Vocal and Body Warm Ups

Teachers are encouraged to start each lesson with warm-ups in order to establish a routine that fosters healthy vocal technique, kinesthetic learning, and active listening. Each of the following warm-ups can stand alone or be combined at the discretion of the teacher to best meet the needs of each classroom. Finding Your Breath Smooth and…

Introduction

Welcome to Musical Explorers! Musical Explorers is designed to connect students in grades K–2 to the musical community of the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry as they build fundamental music skills through listening, singing, and moving to songs from a wide variety of musical styles. In the coming year, you and your students will meet…

Audio Tracks

Fall 2022 Audio Tracks Track 1 – Musical Explorers Song Track 2 – Musical Explorers Song (Accompaniment) Bluegrass Track 3 – Uncle Pen (chorus) Track 4 – Uncle Pen Track 5 – Put All Your Troubles Away Track 6 – Fiddle Demo Track 7 – Mandolin Demo Track 8 – Banjo Demo Track 9 –…

PDF Downloads

Fall 2022 Student Guide Pages ↓ SG1 Musical Explorers Song ↓ SG2 Explore the Sounds of Our City ↓ SG3 Discover Music in Everyday Objects ↓ SG4 Create a Postcard ↓ SG5–6 Musical Explorers Around the World Map Unit 1: PDF Downloads ↓ SG7 Meet David and Tabitha ↓ SG8 We asked David and Tabitha…

Unit 2: Opera with Timothy

Genre Overview The word Opera in Italian means “work.” Opera is a type of theatrical artwork where everything is sung and set to music. Just like plays or movies, operas can be dramatic or comedic, but all of the dialogue is sung instead of spoken. Many cultures have their own style of opera. The first…

Lesson 1: Learning “Follow the Drinking Gourd”

Aim: What is the hidden meaning in “Follow the Drinking Gourd”?Summary: Students learn to sing “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and explore the hidden meaning of the song and the code found in the lyrics.Materials: Music Explorers online materials, pencilsStandards: GA: ESGM2.PR.1, ESGM2.RE.1, ESGM2.CN.1, ESGM2.CN.2Vocabulary:  gourd, spirituals, Underground RailroadSee Glossary → Spirituals are songs originally sung…

Lesson 2: Exploring “This Train is Bound for Glory”

Aim: What musical opposites can we find in “This Train Is Bound for Glory”?Summary: Students explore the meaning of the song, and learn musical opposites of dynamics (loud/soft) and tempo (fast/slow).Materials: Music Explorers online audioStandards: GA: ESGM2.CR.1, ESGM2.CR.2, ESGM2.PR.1, ESGM2.RE.1, ESGM3.RE.3, ESGM2.CN.1, ESGM2.CN.2Vocabulary: dynamics, tempo, gospel See Glossary → Huxsie sings “This Train Is Bound…

Unit 3: African-American Spirituals and Gospel with Huxsie

Genre Overview African-American spirituals originated in the enslaved peoples’ living quarters of the American south, and are sacred songs with lyrics based on stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. Spirituals are the musical product of West African influences and practices, as well as hymns sung in Anglo-American churches. While spirituals…

Professional Development

Watch the live stream recording from the Professional Development Session from Wednesday, September 7, to learn more about incorporating the Fall 2022 curriculum into your classroom.

Fall 2022 Videos

Creative Extensions with Shanna   Unit 1: Bluegrass with David and Tabitha   Unit 2: Opera with Timothy   Unit 3: African-American Spirituals and Gospel with Huxsie   Unit 4: Vietnamese Music with Cecilia   Unit 5: Sicilian Folk with Amos   Unit 6: Haitian with Emeline

Concert Experience Fall 2022

Review the three artists and their music. Prepare for surprise songs. Get ready for your concert using SG 22. After the Concert