Roots of American Music – Arts Teach

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Join us as we travel from the Eastern United States over the Appalachian Mountains across the Western plains and down to Louisiana to give students an idea of how American music came to be, while getting a history and geography lesson at the same time.

Many people ask me: “How do we connect these assembly shows into our curriculum?” and “Why would we need to do it?”

Let me try to simplify the complexity of the answer.  Since we are all on a path to give our students a “whole” education, we know it is important for them to learn the following skills from early on:

  • Listening – being an active listener is a skill to be learned early and is easily learned through music.
  • Hearing the differences in sounds and learning to pay attention for them.
  • Elements of Music – such as rhythm  (a key component to learning reading).
  • Learning about songs.
  • As they get older (4th grade and up), students learn more about vocal ranges, composers, American music traditions.
  • After 7th grade and on up, students should learn American musical traditions such as Blues and Jazz.

All of these skills will be touched on by this short 45 minute presentation. This will open the doors to either continuing the conversation at home or bringing it together for the student who has studied this already.



After attending the show, all registrants will receive a packet of materials with more detail and ideas to integrate it into your curriculum.




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Founder of Bixby Educational Events, Inc., fondly known as B.E.E., an educational non-profit providing services to the Home, Private and Charter School Communities of Orange County.