"Roots of American Music"
A 6-week Song Writing Class for High School Students
American has many styles of music one of
the greatest melting pots of styles and influences, as diverse as
the people that live in this country.
Roots of American Music is a 6-week class which
focuses on one style of music each week, using both live and recorded
examples, with traditional instruments.
- Country / Bluegrass
- Rock & Roll
The emphasis is to give the student an understanding
of the lements, instruments, and musical traits that comprise a
distinct style of music. What is its contribution to our history,
its influence on other styles, and how was it present at the genesis
of a new style. In the words of Muddy Waters: "The blues had
a baby and they called it Rock & Roll."
The second part of each class is devoted to songwriting
in the style of that week's particular focus. Students learn how
to compose and perform their own songs using whatever instruments
they play. Emphasis is placed on working in a collaborative environment,
to create a supportive process where students edvvelop confidence
in their ability to create.
(Note: Presenter can do special topics or additional
styles, such as rap music or reggae.)