Caramoor cultivates the next generation of great performers … and listeners.
Our educational vision is nothing less than bringing to life Caramoor’s extraordinary artistic heritage and future to as broad a spectrum of people as possible—students, educators, civic and community advocates, professionals in the field, emerging artists and cultural changemakers, amateur music makers, die-hard Caramoor devotees, those new to the arts, young and old alike.
We take a meaningful cue from the bold, creative spirit of our founders, and the unabashed natural expanse of Caramoor itself, propelling us forward to uncover new ways to promote the discovery and rediscovery of music across genre and global art that speaks to our past and future.
A refreshed Caramoor educational prototype has been grounded in comprehensive and rigorous teaching experience paired with an informed eye towards sustainable arts-in-education practices. The prototype includes thoughtfully identified themes, sections and guiding questions, in English and Spanish, for elementary and middle school teachers for pre-and post Caramoor visits.
Mindful of contemporary elementary to middle school pedagogical issues and school capacities during a global pandemic, we worked towards the creation of research-based content that aligns with local and state standards. The Caramoor Kids 6-lesson model is intended to be flexible — and dynamic! Each award-winning Teaching Artist leverages their own artistic discipline (dance, music/music composition, poetry, storytelling/theatre) and teaching experience — essentially bringing to life for our area youth each lesson in real-time!
Led by a team of teaching artists and musicians, our curriculum-based programs make full use of Caramoor, offering students and teachers opportunities to interact with our gardens, grounds, sound art, performance spaces, and historic Rosen House.
Feel free to peruse the curriculum, and we encourage you to reach out to our Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Adina Williams, to plan your school’s visit to Caramoor and/or to have a Teaching Artist come to your school: firstname.lastname@example.org or 914.232.8421.
Geared toward middle school and high school music classes, our Student Strings program builds music literacy and confidence through in-class workshop intensives, discussions, and live performances.