About Link Up
Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, guides students and
teachers in grades 3–5 through a yearlong exploration of orchestral repertoire.
Students will sing and play soprano recorder or string instruments while learning
basic musical concepts and composing their own music. Linking your classroom
to the concert hall, this program provides extensive standards-based teacher and
student materials and culminates in an interactive orchestral concert in which
students sing or play soprano recorder or string instruments from their seats.
Welcome to The Orchestra Rocks
One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play
with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are
expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and
audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through
the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive
performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra
How does an orchestra rock?
• perform by singing and playing the soprano recorder or string instruments
as soloists, small ensembles, and orchestra
• analyze and interpret the essential structures of rhythm and groove
• connect with the orchestra and explore instruments, families, and
• compose and notate new music with our host, Thomas Cabaniss, using the
concert music as models
• develop their imaginative capacities and make personal connections to