Heartbeat of the Americas explores the indigenous music of the Western Hemisphere. Discover how Native North American sounds synthesized with the music of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa in the New World. Songs and instruments, legend and history are cast in the interplay of cultures as Mary plays cedar flute, frame and steel drums, […]
Blues preservationist and one-man-band Curtis Blues brings the acoustic music of the Mississippi Delta straight into your school! Playing drums, harmonica, vintage guitars (including a one-stringed diddley bow), cymbals, and home-made instruments, this blues Artist of the Year demonstrates the history of this classic American music and the connections it has to music students listen […]
In Kwanzaa Tales, storyteller TAHIRA will introduce students to the history and seven principles of Kwanzaa through story, song and poetry.
In Gift of Story, TAHIRA shares stories of hope, triumph, and tragedy, drawn from a diverse repertoire of original works and those based on African oral tradition. Her high-energy and dramatic storytelling and vocal styles also touch upon contemporary issues, such as tolerance, empowerment, and the impact of one’s choices. TAHIRA plays authentic African instruments […]
In Stories of Africa, students take a journey through the African Diaspora via story. From the villages of Africa to the urban streets of America, TAHIRA teaches students the origin and purpose of stories in the African experience. Each student has an opportunity to select a story; make their own adaptations; and perform the story. […]
In Living History: Dramatizing Our Past, students gather information about their own families’ journeys to the United States and then turn their research into an extraordinary group presentation. Each Living History residency begins with a theater piece by Anne to introduce students to the immigrants who established themselves on America’s shores. NOTE: This program is […]
Through song and guided activities, Billy B. demonstrates how pre-Columbian Native Americans used their ingenuity to build wigwams out of plants, make tools from flint, and trap wildlife for food. There is plenty of audience participation as students come to understand that Native Americans were the first recyclers!
Lessons in Tolerance is an examination of the causes and social costs of the Holocaust, genocide and persecution, followed by the development of positive artistic and intellectual responses to these events. As part of the Lessons in Tolerance program, students make a commitment to practicing the ideals of tolerance while the artist is present; and […]
Learning and dancing go hand-in-hand as students delve into the folk tradition of square dance. A popular social dance since Colonial times, square dancing develops partnerships, teamwork, and listening skills while teaching respect and building community. This workshop can culminate in a Family Dance Party, a great way to celebrate school community and foster friendships. […]
SOLD OUT! Rockcreek Steel Drum Band takes students on a journey through the history and development of the modern steel drum instrument from its genesis on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad to its current position as one of the primary components of Calypso music. The band invites students to experience the odyssey of this […]