The Foundation for Bluegrass Music hosts teacher workshops each year with the goal of introducing bluegrass music to classroom and music teachers at all levels (including home schooling parents), by giving them practical lesson plans and tools to implement bluegrass music in the classroo
The courses, with attendance certificates issued for professional development credit, usually include live presentations by professional bands who demonstrate the instruments used and vocal harmony structure, lesson plans on the history and evolution of bluegrass music with hands-on projects and activities for students, and live presentations from student bands with advice from educators who are already using bluegrass successfully in their schools and camps.
A number of bluegrass music resources and take-home handouts, including info from Foundation for Bluegrass Music’s Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music DVD and accompanying lesson plans, are shared with teachers, along with a free one-day festival pass to the event going on during the teacher workshop.
The Next Workshop: Utilizing Bluegrass Music in the Classroom
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Tenn.
Teachers, homeschooling parents and association leaders interested in bluegrass & education will not want to miss this incredible offsite day of workshops and events dedicated to bluegrass music instruction for young people! It will take place at Nashville’s historical Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Friday, September 28, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Attendance certificates will be awarded for this event for professional development.
Please email Nathalie Lavine at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this valuable, inspirational, and info-packed day!
Schedule: Utilizing Bluegrass Music in the Classroom
Friday, September 28, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Community Room, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
9:30-9:40 a.m.: Welcome & Course Introduction – Nathalie Lavine, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Nancy Cardwell, IBMA
9:40-9:45 a.m.: Speaker Introduction – Tom Kopp, Ph.D.; Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; Bluegrass in the Schools Committee Chair
9:45-10:45 a.m.: Bluegrass Music History Overview, Utilizing Bluegrass to Meet Educational Performance Standards, with clips & a take-home lesson plan from the Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music DVD.
10:45-11:30 a.m.: Clogging & Square Dance Lesson with Marcia Campbell, The Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers. The first professional job the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe had in the music business was as a dancer, and he would often break into a “Kentucky Back Step” during his sets with the Blue Grass Boys. Join in the fun, and learn a skill you can teach to your students!
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Vocal Harmony Structure in Bluegrass – Barry & Holly Tashian
Have you ever tried to find a harmony part “by ear,” without the aid of written musical notation? Learn how to find and sing the lead, tenor and baritone parts in bluegrass harmony with Holly and Barry, and join in on a chorus or two!
12:15-1:15 p.m. Break
1:15-2:45 p.m.: The Instruments of Bluegrass Music: The Chapmans & Nathalie Lavine
Learn about the instruments used in a bluegrass band—where they originally came from, how they’re tuned and played, and the important role the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass play in the overall bluegrass ensemble sound. Find out about the free Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum “trunk” program, which includes lesson plans, posters, observation worksheets and music. .
2:45-2:50 p.m. Break
2:50-3:45 p.m.: Learn to Play the Banjo! – Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick
Before you leave today’s workshops you’ll know three chords on the banjo and you’ll be able to play and sing along with literally dozens of traditional tunes!
3:45-4 p.m.: Museum Update: Resources At the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky. – Nathalie Lavine & IBMM Rep
Learn about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, and their various activities and resources, including tours, the Words & Music workshop, instrument petting zoos, bluegrass instrument instruction, $200 mini-grant matching funds for a bluegrass presentation at your school and MORE!
NOTE: The IBMA-produced Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music DVD will be available for purchase ($3 for teachers) and various bluegrass CDs will be available from presenters and also in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Gift Shop.
Utilizing Bluegrass Music in the Classroom is sponsored by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Musicians Against Childhood Cancer and the Foundation for Bluegrass Music.
To request info on how to organize a teacher workshop in your area, contact Nancy Cardwell at email@example.com or Tom Kopp, Ph.D. (Foundation for Bluegrass Music Bluegrass in the Schools Committee chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.