Learning & Engagement

Learning Tools


Library of Congress American Folklife Center 


National Philharmonic is excited to work with Dr. Melanie Zeck from the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. This work offers audiences the opportunity to explore resources at the American Folklife Center with the help of Dr. Zeck. Through a series of pre-concert talks, engagement events, and video content with Dr. Zeck, National Philharmonic intends to make cultural arts experiences more approachable and accessible.

Meet Dr. Melanie Zeck

2023-2024 Season

Gershwin, Price & Beethoven

Universal Longings | Anhelos Universales

Handel’s Messiah

Dvořák Symphony No. 7

Chopin the Virtuoso


A Letter from Dr. Melanie Zeck to Close the 2023-2024 Season

Teacher Resources

Phenomenal Women and Dvorak Symphony No. 7

Composers in Crisis

Virtual Lecture Series

French composer Maurice Ravel lived through both the first World War and the Spanish Flu. Beethoven took shelter in his brother’s cellar during the Napoleonic wars. Ruth Crawford Seeger, once a budding classical composer, found her way to folk music during the Great Depression. Associate Conductor Rebecca Bryant Novak explains how these moments of world crisis not only influenced each composer’s music at the time, but would go on to shape who they became.

Composers In Crisis examines how exulted musicians over time have dealt with periods of tribulation, and what we might learn in our own harrowing moment from those past experiences.

“No one wants to be living through what’s happening in our current moment,” says Bryant Novak. “But this whole thing could end up having some really creative responses that lead to new modes of music being produced.”

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Time Travel Goes Digital

Online Learning for Youth K-6 

Join National Philharmonic and Sound Impact as we present Time Travel Goes Digital, an interactive online travel adventure for youth K-6. This 10-episode series travels back in time to focus on and explore music’s roles throughout history. Each episode features a unique theme revealing its connection to music with guest performers, composers and dancers. 

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