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Hopping with the Harp

from Manhattan School of Music

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Join MSM Distance Learning Teaching Artist in an interactive exploration of one of music's most beautiful instruments! While learning about the workings of the classical harp, students will acquire an understanding of sound and music through interactive games and movement-based activities.

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Point to Point: $160.00
By Request: $160.00

ISDN bridging charges for the network connection test, sound check, and class presentation videoconferences must be assumed by partner school. Please note one exception: Sound check/dress rehearsal charges for the MOVE program will be assumed by Manhattan School of Music.


30-40 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Pre-K Students

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Performing Arts Music Performance

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made at least two (2) business days prior to videoconference session. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee equivalent to the program fee.

Weather Policy
In the event of severe, inclement weather preventing a scheduled videoconference session from occurring, Manhattan School of Music and partner will reschedule the conference in a timely manner so that the educational collaboration may continue. Manhattan School of Music and partner agree to notify one another should there be a forecast for severe, inclement weather at their respective location. Please contact David Marsh at immediately to coordinate appropriate action.

Technical Troubleshooting Policy
In the event of technical malfunctions or disruptions that arise before or during a scheduled videoconference session due to network carrier(s) services or videoconferencing technologies on the Manhattan School of Music or partner premises, Manhattan School of Music and partner technical support services will make every effort to remedy these issues in a timely, cooperative, and efficient manner so that the scheduled conferences may proceed as scheduled. If it is determined that the session cannot proceed, Manhattan School of Music and partner agree to reschedule the conference in a timely manner so that the educational collaboration may continue.
If technical difficulties arise which prevent the class from continuing after the class has been underway for at least 30 minutes, the class will be considered complete and will not be rescheduled.
If technical difficulties arise and the class is unable to begin within 30 of the scheduled start time, Manhattan School of Music will reschedule the class at a time that is mutually convenient for all parties.

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Manhattan School of Music

New York, NY
United States

Manhattan School of Music

Manhattan School of Music is a preeminent international conservatory of music granting Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Established in 1918 by pianist and philanthropist Janet Daniels Schenck, the School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of each of its students, who range in age from the precollege through the postgraduate level. Offering both classical and jazz training, the School instructs students in performance and composition and provides a broad-based education in music theory, history, and humanities. Students come from all over the world, drawn by a rigorous program that reflects the highest standards of musical heritage, and by the faculty, which includes some of the world’s best-known artists. Much of the school’s strength derives from its home in cosmopolitan New York City, and the School contributes to the city’s musical life through an active program of community outreach and with its own program of concerts and performances. These are regularly recognized nationally and internationally as some of the finest events in New York’s musical calendar. Manhattan School of Music’s alumni are active in every aspect of contemporary musical life, and many are among the most distinguished artists performing in concert halls, opera houses and on jazz stages throughout the world today.

Distance Learning

In 1996, under the pioneering influence of Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and President Marta Istomin, Manhattan School of Music instituted a groundbreaking distance learning program — the first of its kind at a major conservatory — devoted to exploring the use of state-of-the-art videoconference technology for music education and performance. Since its inception, the program has connected students, educators, and distinguished artists around the globe for teaching and learning exchanges and currently reaches over 1,700 students each year from Albuquerque to New Zealand.

Through the development and creative use of broadband videoconferencing and related instructional technologies, Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning provides access to artistic and academic resources that enhance students’ education in musical performance while heightening the global community’s awareness of and participation in the musical arts.

Specifically, the program provides interactive videoconference master classes, private lessons, clinics, workshops, coachings, sectionals, colloquia, educational and community outreach, telementoring, professional development, and humanities exchanges to institutions of higher education, K–12 schools, and performing and community organizations around the world. New program areas currently under development include remote auditioning and recruitment via videoconferencing.

K-12 Programs

With over a decade of experience in the field of distance learning and as the first conservatory in the nation to utilize videoconferencing for K-12 music education, Manhattan School of Music has adopted the key elements of presenting successful music education programs via videoconference. In addition to giving students access to world-class musicians and stimulating artistic perspectives, Manhattan School of Music ensures that the quality of videoconference transmissions are of the highest technical standards possible.

Through the Music Bridges and Virtual Music Studio programs, Manhattan School of Music offers a wide variety of standards-based music and music-related presentations to public and private schools throughout the country. The New York State Learning Standards for the Arts are incorporated in program design, content, and assessment, as well as links to core subjects such as social studies and history.

Music Bridges is a selection of music programs that feature distinguished Manhattan School of Music artist-faculty teaching elementary, middle, and high schools students. These interactive videoconference programs are designed to engage students in areas ranging from musical performance, to instrumental and vocal coachings, to developing an understanding of the building blocks of music.

Virtual Music Studio features a variety of videoconference programs developed and presented by a roster of distinguished Manhattan School of Music young artist alumni. These teaching artists -instrumentalists and vocalists who have attained a high level of professional proficiency at their musical craft - are up-and-coming educators who also serve as role models and mentors to students within the context of the dual learning process. Each program includes pre-videoconference teaching materials, one class period–length videoconference presentation, and a post-videoconference development guide.

All of the above programs are fully on-demand. Presentations are scheduled to accommodate the timetable of the requesting school, and can even be modified to better fit certain grade levels, age groups, curriculum needs, or requirements. Please read on for testimonials from past participants on how Manhattan School of Music’s interactive videoconference music education programs have benefited their students.

NOTE: If you reside in Australia or New Zealand and would like to receive MSM content via videoconference, please contact the ANU School of Music at

David Marsh

Program Details


Teaching artist Brittany Burns will lead an interactive presentation.


Participants will:
- engage with performer/teaching artist to learn about the classical harp
- participate in movement-based, small-group, and other interactive activities that reinforce basic musical concepts
- understand how sound becomes music

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Core Standard: Performing, Presenting, Producing

Anchor Standard #4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.

(MU:Pr4.2.PK) a. With substantial guidance, explore and demonstrate awareness of musical contrasts.

Core Standard: Responding

Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.

(MU:Re7.1.PK) a. With substantial guidance, state personal interests and demonstrate why they prefer some music selections over others.

(MU:Re7.2.PK) a. With substantial guidance, explore musical contrasts in music.

Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

(MU:Re8.1.PK) a. With substantial guidance, explore music’s expressive qualities (such as dynamics and tempo).

Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

(MU:Re9.1.PK) a. With substantial guidance, talk about personal and expressive preferences in music.

Core Standard: Connecting

Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

(MU:Cn10.0.PK) a. Demonstrate how interests, knowledge, and skills relate to personal choices and intent when creating, performing, and responding to music.

Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

(MU:Cn11.0.PK) a. Demonstrate understanding of relationships between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life.

State Standards

New York
New York State Standards - Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core
2. Actively engages in problem solving
3. Approaches tasks, activities and problems with creativity, imagination and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities
4. Exhibits curiosity, interest and willingness in learning new things and having new experiences
1. Uses senses to assist and guide learning
2. Uses sensory information to plan and carry out movements
4. Develops positive relationships with their peers
1. Demonstrate that they are motivated to communicate
3. Demonstrates that he/she understand what they observe
4. Demonstrates his/her ability to express ideas using a variety of methods
3. Expresses oneself by engaging in musical activities
4. Responds and reacts during musical activities
7. Expresses what he/she knows, thinks, feels and believes through dance and creative movement