Musical Explorers

In 2015-16, SMF is proud to continue Musical Explorers, a year-round program for grades K-2 in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. If you are a teacher committed to creative teaching, join us!

You and your students can be Musical Explorers! Musical Explorers builds basic music skills in the classroom as children learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and develop listening and singing skills. During the 2015-16 season, students in grades K-2 explore various music styles including Musical Theatre, Irish, Cajun, Country, Rhythm and Blues, and Malian griot, embarking on a musical journey through the cultures found in and around the Southeastern United States. Students meet and interact with the professional musicians featured in the program during culminating concerts each semester. Musical Explorers is open to any K-2 teacher.

Program Features:

  • Two interactive concerts (fall and spring) per year in downtown Savannah featuring multicultural vocalists
  • Two professional development workshops for participating teachers (fall and spring)
  • A 100+ page printed Teacher Guide with accompanying CD and online, interactive website, featuring lessons and creative extensions for yearlong coursework, geared toward both music and general classroom teachers
  • Online, printable student activities


Dates for 2015-16 Musical Explorers Concerts:

  • Fall Professional Development Workshops (required for ALL teachers): September 8-11
  • Fall concerts: December 7-11 (Trustees Theater)
  • Winter Professional Development Workshops (required for ALL teachers): January 19-23
  • Spring concerts: May 2-6 (Lucas Theatre)


The Musical Explorers curriculum was developed by Savannah Music Festival staff in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Major funding for the Savannnah Music Festival is provided by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs

Musical Explorers presenting sponsor is Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

Major funding is provided by Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Anne P. West

Additional support has been provided in part by AGL Resources Private Foundation, Bennett Thrasher Foundation, Marla & Morris Geffen, Georgia Council for the Arts,Georgia Music Foundation, Great Dane Trailers, The Hodge Foundation, Kole Family Foundation, Kontane Logistics, LLC, Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy, J C Lewis Foundation, Lucas Theatre for the Arts, National Office Systems, Publix Super Markets Charities, United Way of the Coastal Empire and Wells Fargo

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