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ATTENTION SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS, PTA CULTURAL ARTS
SPECIALISTS, AND HOME SCHOOL PARENTS:


We are proud to offer educational programs with players from Sweet Potato Pie:
A Slice of the Pie.
With 40+ years combined teaching experience, the Pie offers
custom-tailored educational experiences in bluegrass music for Elementary,
Middle, and Charter School students as well as Home Schooled children in a
variety of detail levels and timeframes.

“As a young person, I grew up thinking that people who made music were
people who were ‘born with talent.’ As an adult, I have learned that making
music is only partly talent – and mostly hard, hard work! I delight to think
that through our program we might inspire a child to try it.” - Penny Oman

“Learning music as a child opens the world to you. It allows you a
new way to express yourself. Bluegrass music is particularly user friendly
giving everyone a place to play and fit in.” - Sonya Stead

 

DETAILS BASED ON APPROPRIATE GRADE LEVELS

K-2ND GRADE

– Basic overview of the history of bluegrass music, the instruments and vocal harmonies utilized in this uniquely American music

– Interactive performances of simple bluegrass music

– Supplementation via colorable handouts of the instruments

3RD-5TH
GRADE
– Semi-detailed overview of the history of bluegrass music, including a short PowerPoint presentation with photos and audio of the bluegrass music greats of the 1940’s-1950’s

– Instrument demonstrations with some explanation regarding the science behind each instrument’s sound

– Interactive performances of simple to moderately-involved bluegrass music

– Supplementation via grade-appropriate crossword puzzles and/or word searches utilizing vocabulary from the presentation
6TH-8TH GRADE
– Detailed overview of the history of bluegrass music, including a longer PowerPoint presentation with photos and audio of the bluegrass music greats of the 1940’s-1950’s as well as today’s top influencers of the genre

– Instrument demonstrations with some explanation regarding the science behind each instrument’s sound as well as the specific playing techniques used to create particular bluegrass sounds

– Interactive performances of moderately-involved bluegrass music

– Supplementation with grade-appropriate crossword puzzles and/or word searches utilizing vocabulary from the presentation

– Supplementation via six lesson plans created by Tom Kopp, PhD, and offered to teachers by the International Bluegrass Music Association on its educational DVD Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music (Click on Helps for Teachers for samples of these supplementation materials)

 

TIMEFRAMES

A. One self-contained presentation

B. One self-contained
presentation repeated twice on the same day and at the
same location

C. Two progressive presentations within 1 week
(Tuesday/Thursday, etc.)

D. Three progressive presentations within one week (Mon./Tues./Wed., etc.)

All Sessions are 45 minutes or 60 minutes in length.

 

MINI-GRANT MATCHING FUNDS

The IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Bluegrass in
the Schools Committee, funded in part by a Bluegrass VISA Credit
Card Program, offers supplemental funding grants up to $100/event,
for educational, in-school bluegrass music programs. Please include artist
program presentation materials (a lesson plan) with your completed application. Click here to fill out a mini-grant application form and email it to IBMA.

 

For availability, pricing, and booking, please contact: Sonya Stead 919.649.5603

 

2014 EVENTS

April 6 – Keyser, WV

April 25 – Chapel Hill, NC


April 29 – Summit, NC

May 3 – Isle of Palms, SC

May 18 – Chapel Hill, NC

May 29-31 – Branson, MO

June 21 – Castalia, NC

Aug. 25 – Charlotte, NC

Sept. 5 – Sanford, NC

Sept. 20 – Tarboro, NC

Sept. 27 – Bluffton, SC

Sept. 28 – Bluffton, SC

Sept. 29 – Indian Land, SC

Sept. 30 – Summerville, SC

Oct. 9 – Richlands, VA

Nov. 3 – Clinton, NC

Dec. 13 – Wadesboro, NC

2015 EVENTS

March 5 – Waterloo, Iowa

May 17 – Rocky Mount, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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