|(NEW YORK, NY; April 11, 2023)—Carnegie Hall today announced a new kid-friendly website—Carnegie Hall Kids—that invites children ages 5–12 to learn about music through highly interactive and fun activities. Carnegie Hall Kids ignites imagination in children, offering activities that both encourage musical curiosity and develop knowledge of musical concepts. Building on Carnegie Hall’s already-extensive array of free digital offerings for families and innovative educational curricula for young people, the new website includes musical quizzes, robust games, interactive maps, performance videos, and more. Explore Carnegie Hall Kids at https://kids.carnegiehall.org/.|
Through Carnegie Hall Kids’ fun and engaging interface, young people can learn more about a wide variety of musical genres and traditions from around the world as well as the history of Carnegie Hall. All the activities in the portal are free, available on all devices, and accessible across the globe. The site will be refreshed with new quizzes and other content on a quarterly basis. Carnegie Hall Kids aligns with the core values of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI)—the education and social impact arm of the Hall—by expanding access to these engaging resources and supporting artistry, community, and equity.
“We’re so excited for young people from all around the globe to have the opportunity to dive into our new interactive website: Carnegie Hall Kids,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “Created especially for kids, the site is both fun and educational. I particularly love the quizzes, which I must say are a great way for the whole family to connect and to learn about music. With Carnegie Hall Kids, we are focused on making musical learning available to children everywhere in ways that are first and foremost enjoyable and engaging.”
Carnegie Hall Kids Featured Content:
The collection of quizzes introduces key musical concepts, genres, artists, and repertoire to kids in a fun and interactive way. Select quizzes include Music in Outer Space, Weird and Wild Instruments, Animal or Instrument?, Name That Dance, and many more. Kids can learn about some of history’s amazing artists such as Marian Anderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Rhiannon Giddens, Pete Seeger, and Leonard Bernstein. After answering a question, kids find out if they’ve selected the correct or incorrect answer and receive educational information on the topic. Kids can filter the types of quizzes by topic and level of difficulty. Carnegie Hall developed the quiz engine with Big Human, a leading digital product studio.
Tune Crafter—A New Game
Carnegie Hall partnered with Lucky Tree Studios to create Tune Crafter, a narrative and music-making game for kids ages 10 and up in which players explore New York City, meet and “recruit” musicians from a variety of musical and cultural backgrounds, and ultimately create a composition to be performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall. In each play session—which can range from a short class period to as long as an afternoon—the player explores not only Carnegie Hall, but all of the city’s soundscape and in turn, the musicians that thrive across all five of the city’s boroughs. The gameplay blends elements of “visual novel” style narrative games with rhythm and music-making games. Players can save their original composition and share it with others.
Two interactive maps are featured within Carnegie Hall Kids. The Musical Explorers Around the World map introduces the geographic roots of the musical traditions featured in the Hall’s Musical Explorers program such as cumbia, South African Zulu, Greek folk, Indian classical, Chinese traditional, Bluegrass music, and many more. The Link Up Orchestra Map is a listening tool that introduces kids to the instrument families that make up the orchestra.
Carnegie Hall’s YouTube for Kids
A hub for engaging performances and video series, Carnegie Hall’s YouTube for Kids offers a treasure trove for kids to explore. The channel features popular videos from Musical Explorers, the animated history of Carnegie Hall, Sing with Carnegie Hall, a video series that inspires children to sing and move to classic playtime songs and discover new music across genres and cultures, and more.
Click here to read a first-hand guide of Carnegie Hall Kids from teaching artist Emily Eagen, who explored the new site alongside her eight-year-old son.
About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music.
More than 800,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes more than 155 orchestras, music presenters, and education organizations in 40 U.S. states as well as internationally in 15 countries on 6 continents. WMI’s hands-on programs tap into the creativity of audiences of all ages, inviting them to make their own music in all genres, express their viewpoints, and raise their voices. WMI shares an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, families, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. As a leader in music education, WMI generates new knowledge through original research, which inform Carnegie Hall’s own programs and are also available as a resource to artists, organizations, and peers.
For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/education