This educational program provides a comprehensive and engaging overview of American folk instruments and their connection to heritage, culture, and historical timelines. Through the examination of various musical styles and instruments, students will gain a deeper understanding of the role of migration and immigration in shaping American music.
Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to listen to and learn about a diverse range of musical traditions, including West African chants, Cherokee folk songs, Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes, and field hollers played on harmonica and bones. Additionally, students will learn about and participate in traditional Gullah call and response songs.
The program features a variety of instruments, including the banjo, fiddle, bones, spoons, auto-harp, mouth bow, jaw harp, quills (pan flute), harmonica, penny whistle, kalimba, drum, guitar, mountain dulcimer, banjo uke, mandolin, minstrel banjo, and wash board. It is like visiting a living museum!
This program can be tailored to fit the needs of your classroom and can be designed for a 1-4-day residency. If you would like to request a sample lesson plan, please let us know and we will be happy to provide one for you.
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