Originally designed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) as a music education program that provides historical, cultural and geographical knowledge about the various communities of New York’s five boroughs, SMF’s Musical Explorers was adapted in partnership with WMI to apply similar lessons and learning practices to the Georgia coast and South Carolina Lowcountry. The 2014/15 curriculum designed by SMF incorporates local artists to present six local musical traditions and practices, including bluegrass, the Ring Shout, jazz, African-American spirituals, opera, and blues.
In advance of each semester, teacher trainings for local teachers were provided to give an overview of the curriculum, introducing vocal warm-up exercises, musical vocabulary and a variety of other basic musical concepts, providing non-music teachers with tools to connect music to social studies, language arts, history, geography and other core subjects. A 100-page teacher guide with accompanying student guides (including Georgia and South Carolina Standards/Common Core Capacities), videos and audio samples was distributed to each participating classroom, along with a complete web-based version for homeschoolers, parents and teachers using computers and interactive whiteboards. For more information, or to preview online content, visit savannahmusicfestival.org/musicalexplorers