Link Up & The Common Core State Standards Initiative

Through hands-on activities and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, Link Up helps to address Common Core Capacities for College and Career Readiness, empowering students with learning activities through which they:

  • Demonstrate independence
  • Build strong content knowledge
  • Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
  • Comprehend and critique
  • Value evidence
  • Use technology and digital media strategically and capably
  • Come to understand other perspectives and cultures

While the Link Up curriculum focuses primarily on music performance skills, content knowledge, and creativity, students also build core capacities in English and math. Through composition, active listening, describing and analyzing standard repertoire, and a focus on the historical context of orchestral music, Link Up provides students with the opportunity to put these core capacities to use in a new domain. Specific activities throughout the curriculum address these English and math capacities directly, encouraging reading, writing, and quantitative thinking. Learn more about how Link Up addresses Common Core Standards >

Past Participants

Acacia Elementary Charter School
Anthony Traina Elementary
Boys and Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County
Bret Harte Elementary
Burbank ASES Program
Caswell Elementary
Patricia Kay Beaver Elementary
Carol Fowler Elementary
Virginia Parks Elementary
Colony Oak Elementary
El Vista Elementary ASES
El Vista Elementary
First Baptist Christian School
Fremont Elementary

Great Valley Academy
Green Valley Charter
Elim Elementary
Merquin Elementary
Fox Elementary
Independence Charter School
Kirschen ASES Program
Lakewood Elementary
Martone Elementary
Modesto Christian
Moon Elementary
Rose Ave Elementary
Sonoma Elementary
West Valley Christian Academy
Von Renner Elementary