This is an assembly program, designed to fit within a class schedule, that showcases the relationship between America's folk music and its historic and social changes. The program begins with early spirituals set in the 1840s and progresses through the songs of the Underground Railroad, the Industrial Revolution, early Blues and its offshoots Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, Gospel and R&B, and continues this journey into Rap and Hip-Hop. This is a program that can be presented to all ages but it is particularly effective for students in middle school and older.
Songs Of Praise And Protest
This is an assembly program that focuses on music of social change. This program showcases the music of such giants as Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Pete Seeger along with lesser known singers and original material to paint a portrait of how songs effected societal change in American History. Music still can bring about change since it often bypasses the brain and goes straight to the heart.
"We Come To Bear Witness" with Robert and Bernice Jones
This is a program, perfect for churches of all denominations, that showcases the history and development of sacred American music. Beginning with spirituals, both Black and White, and progressing through Prayer and Praise Hymns, demonstrating the rise of Gospel music as it mixed with secular styles of the time, and ending with inspirational music that continues to touch the soul, this program promises to deliver a powerful and impactful message of faith.
Bernice and Robert, Swannanoa Traditional Song Festival, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC, 2011
Robert and Bernice, University of Michigan Hospital, Gift of Art program, 2011
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