The Foundation hosts teacher workshops to introduce bluegrass music to classroom and music teachers at all grade levels (including home schooling parents) by giving them practical lesson plans and tools to use bluegrass music to meet educational standards. Contact us for info on the next scheduled teacher workshop in your area.
We’ve gathered a collection of award-winning bluegrass-related lesson plans for teachers to use in the classroom. They have been organized by content categories and K-12 grade levels for your convenience!
Everything You Wanted to Know about Bluegrass and More! is a coloring book for primary students, written by Art Maynor. Thanks to the Mayor family for allowing us to share a free digital download.
Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music introduces young viewers to an original, joyful and uniquely American genre of acoustic roots music through six instructional units, each roughly 10 minutes in length. Demonstrations include a look at the vocal harmony structure used in bluegrass music and the instruments used.
Higher Ed. Resources
The Bluegrass Music Higher Education Database
More and more colleges and universities are offering degree programs, ensembles, scholarship and academic research opportunities in the field of bluegrass music, and we’re working to keep a database of educators/band directors/scholars up-to-date. If you’d like to be added to this ever-growing list, please contact us.
Bluegrass College Band Showcase
The last week of September in Raleigh, NC, at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass week, the Foundation hosts a showcase of college bluegrass bands from across the country. It’s a great place to check out emerging talent. The showcase and info sessions are also valuable to high school students interested in bluegrass college degrees, ensembles and scholarships.
Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle
New instrument manufacturer Z Mandolins has announced that all 24 of their limited edition run of hand-crafted, carbon-fiber mandolins have been sold, and a donation of $12,000 has been made to support the IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship. (Thanks, Lee Zapis and Z Mandolins!) An additional $12,000 will support a songwriter scholarship at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
The 25th and final Z Mandolin and a fabulous Calton Case have been be given to the IBMA Foundation to be used in a raffle fundraiser which will kick off April 1, with the online drawing to be held on our Facebook page May 14.
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