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Explore Music

Interactive Videos

New York Philharmonic teaching artists lead you through fun, participatory encounters with musical themes and ideas from this program. Each video takes about 10–15 minutes to complete. These activities will enrich your viewing of the full concert. Play in any order!

Singing the Blues

Learn about the American musical tradition of the blues and its influence on William Grant Still's Lenox Avenue, and sing along with teaching artist Robert Fleitz and guest artist Charenee Wade.

Activity Guide (Link to PDF)

The "Harlem" Motive

Discover the sounds of Harlem, New York through Duke’s Ellington’s A Tone Parallel to Harlem with teaching artist Laura Weiner and guest artist Charenee Wade.

Activity Guide (Link to PDF)

Music in Harlem, Music in Your Community

Teaching Artist Arnold Greenwich shares his experiences growing up in Harlem with fellow Teaching Artist, Chris Gross. Using Still’s Lenox Avenue and Ellington’s Harlem, both artists explore the ideas of community and what makes it special.

Activity Guide (Link to PDF)

Click play to start exploring this Harlem Renaissance interactive map. Activity Guide (Link to PDF)

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Curriculum Guide

Classroom Resources

Download resources for teachers. Lesson plans written by New York Philharmonic teaching artists and partner classroom teachers for grades 3–12.