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
Alberta Martone Elementary
Anthony C. Traina Elementary
Apricot Valley Elementary
Aspire University Charter School
Boys and Girls Club of Stanislaus Country
Bret Harte Elementary
Burbank Elementary
Carol Fowler Elementary
Caswell Elementary
Catherine Everett Elementary
Colony Oak Elementary
Dennis G. Earl Elementary
El Vista Elementary
Elihu Beard Elementary
Elim Elementary
Enslen Elementary
Fairview Elementary
First Baptist Christian School
Fox Road Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Great Valley Academy
Green Valley Charter
Harriette Kirschen Elementary
Hughson Elementary
Independence Charter School

James Marshall Elementary
John Fremont Elementary
John Muir Elementary
Keys Elementary
Lakewood Elementary
Lucille Whitehead Intermediate School
Martone Elementary
Merquin Elementary
Modesto Christian
Moon Elementary
Orville Wright Elementary
Park View Elementary
Patricia Kay Beaver Elementary
Rose Ave Elementary
Ripon Elementary
Robertson Road Elementary
Shackelford Elementary
Society for Disabilities
Sonoma Elementary
Tuolumne Elementary
Virginia Parks Elementary
Von Renner Elementary
Walnut Elementary
West Valley Christian Academy
Weston Elementary
William Garrison Elementary
Wilson Elementary