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Musical Explorations

J. Tyler Franklin
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 students in classrooms and virtually in order to encourage curiosity and foster meaningful engagement with music.

Musical Exploration Programs

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" Podcast
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.

Inside LPM: Learn how to become a reporter, podcaster or radio DJ

Get an inside look at the art behind the sounds you hear on-air and the visuals you see online through a selection of hands-on activities. Students come to LPM's studios and learn about careers in radio and practice the skills necessary to become a radio and/or podcast host, journalist, photographer or audio engineer.

Singing Your Story
Listening, responding, and connecting, students explore all facets of songwriting. Students listen to diverse musical examples, discuss their differences and establish a concept of song form and mood. They then reflect on a moment that made them feel notable emotion, using colorful language to distill into a song.

Email education@wuol.org to request a virtual or in-person visit.

What Students Learn

  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.

National Arts Standards Supported

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.

Supported by PNC and the Norton Foundation