Music program in tune with kids
This fall, more than 17,000 third- through fifth-graders in Tulsa will “Link Up” with a classroom music education program of Carnegie Hall.
Students in the Link Up program joined Tulsa Symphony Orchestra this past spring for a live performance.
Courtesy Tulsa Symphony
This fall, more than 17,000 third- through fifth-graders in Tulsa will “Link Up” with a classroom music education program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute of New York.
The program, facilitated locally by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Institute, pairs 90-plus orchestras around the world with students to explore orchestral repertoire, fundamental musical skills, creative work and composition, according to TSO Executive Director Ron Predl.
Carnegie Hall provides student workbooks and a teacher’s guide with digital media to help students integrate the Link Up songs — major works often performed by orchestras — with existing lessons or as “add-on” curriculum.
TSO launched the pilot in 2015-16 and received an enthusiastic response from schools, students and parents. This year, the program will reach eight school districts and two private schools.
Says Kathy LaFortune, chairwoman for Link Up’s inaugural Link Together event, “Children exposed to music do better academically, socially and emotionally, and for most, their love of music will be lifelong. About this there is no debate.”