Adventures for Children at Carnegie Hall
best way to experience Listening Adventures is to see it
yourself,” advises Lisa Hanford Halasz, Ph.D., director of education
at Carnegie Hall.
To fully experience the musical and
pictorial concepts embedded in this web based, interactive, education
program, which was launched recently by Carnegie Hall
and Thirteen/WNET to provide music
education to children of all ages, one has
to personally log on to www.listeningadventures.org.
kids about classical music is an ambitious task,” said Halasz,
during a press conference announcing the site’s official launching.
“We as educators need to find ways to make it fun.”
Adventures provides a solution to this challenging task, as
it introduces children of all ages to musical and non-musical
concepts in a way that even adults can find fascinating and entertaining.
The site tells the story of Antonin Dvorak’s trip to the US in
the 1800s. The story, which
is told through the composer’s Symphony
No. 9, From the New World, is accompanied
by pictorial images specifically designed
to visually depict the mood of a given melody. For example, as
a user listens to the first movement, which musically highlights
the composer’s trip to the New World, visual images of
a ship sailing across the ocean appear on
The images continuously appear as they accompany recurring melodies
thus helping users understand and learn the
repetition of notes and themes.
pictorial way is a good way—kids
are having so much fun they don’t even know that they are learning,”
At the bottom of the screen, children view the notes to the melody.
In addition, pop-up graphics indicate to the child what instruments
are playing at any given time. Users have the option to click
on an instrument and be instantly directed to a new window that
provides information about the instrument’s name and family.
Illustrating the site’s attempt to introduce users to non-musical
concepts, a paragraph appears next to the pictorial images explaining
in words what is happening in the
music. Users are exposed to several elements simultaneously—the
pictorial images, the instruments, a description of the music
itself—all of which combine to make an extremely satisfying and
effective musical experience.
Throughout the site, certain key words are conveniently underlined.
If users do not know the meaning of a word they can click on it
and be automatically directed to the site’s glossary. At any time,
users can pause, or return to a different movement, by clicking
at the appropriate link at the bottom of their screen.
Making Listening Adventures even more exciting and educational,
two activities accompany each movement, which provide a game-like
approach to teaching children important musical concepts.
According to Halasz, Listening Adventures grew out of Listening
Maps a paper-based version based on similar concepts. Carnegie
Hall decided to expand Listening Maps by making use of
the technological advantages and unlimited space provided by the
Adventures is a unique, cutting-edge product available to
anyone with the click of a mouse,” said Halasz. “It provides a
fun experience that kids can return to time and time again to
learn something new. That is education at its best.”#
have taught children and adults of all ages for the past 30 years.
Carnegie Hall has produced one of the best interactive music programs
I have seen in years. Ed.]
Recognized as a national leader in music education, Carnegie Hall
offers a wide range of educational concerts, workshops for teachers
and musicians, education programs for students, and special symposia
for NYC and tri-state area children, students, teachers, professional
musicians and scholars. Carnegie Hall offers over 80 moderately
priced or free concerts for children and families each season
through its Family Concerts, Neighborhood Concerts, Global Encounters,
High School Choral Festival, and its CarnegieKids and LinkUP!
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