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Musical Explorations

An exciting way to see how music collides with other mediums and our every day lives! Learn new musical concepts in the classroom or virtually.

Musical Explorations brings music theory, music history, interdisciplinary art, music and movement, and music career exploration to the community in order to encourage curiosity and foster meaningful engagement with music. The program will aid in developing these skills:

  1. Collaboration: Students work together to create, perform, or to see what they can deduce about a given subject
  2. Problem Solving: Students deduce the purpose and creative process behind a given piece of music.
  3. Active Listening: Students will listen to a piece of music to determine the theme and discuss their emotional response.


Our available programs are:
When Music & Art Collide They say “art imitates life imitates art.” How does art serve as a vessel for storytelling? Explore the interaction of music with other art forms through finding clues to uncover the art’s story. Representing a variety of times and cultures, this module gives insight into how to communicate using emotion, storytelling, and creation. 
The Music Box The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting. Choose your favorite episode or set of episodes, and participate in learning each concept LIVE!
In the Game: Music in Video Games "In the Game," designed for grades 6-12, will put you inside the mind of the composers who make music for your favorite games including Among Us, Super Mario Bros, and more! Explore the music theory behind familiar game themes, as well as how you can write like these composers.
Composer's Spotlight "Composer's Spotlight," adaptable for all ages, will be a look into the lives and styles of a handful of lesser-known composers. Take a dive into a snapshot of music history, learn about composition styles, and compose your own short piece using different techniques developed by these composers.
Local Legends Have you ever wondered how the musicians in your community work? In this module, students watch a short interview and explore practical application of music theory, real-world musical careers, and the music business from musicians living and composing right here in your community. The video includes a “teaching portion” where the selected musician will demonstrate a piece of music of their choice, and we'll break down those concepts together! Ideal for grades 8-12, but can be adapted for any grade level.
Please read the form description for details, then fill out to request a virtual or in-person visit here!

National Arts Standards

MU:Cr1.1.2 improvise rhythmic and melodic patterns and musical ideas for a specific purpose.

MU:Re8.1.PK with substantial guidance, explore music’s expressive qualities (such as dynamics and tempo).

VA:Cr1.1.1a engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play with materials.


In the Game, Composers Spotlight and Local Legends, produced by J Tyler Franklin, are free resources for teachers, students, parents, and community members that will be available on our YouTube channel.

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