The Roots of American Music
This rollicking concert program explores the global influences and social forces that have shaped American popular music. Audiences learn how the music of early African-Americans evolved from work songs and spirituals into blues, jazz, country, and then rock’n’roll and hip hop. Students learn how band members draw upon distinct musical backgrounds to compose and play music together. The program culminates in a group songwriting exercise in which the musicians take suggestions from the student audience to create an original work.
Audience Limit: 300-600
Curriculum Connection: Music History, US history, Songwriting
Audience up to 300:
Single Show: $750
Audience of 301–600:
Single Show: $1,200
Travel Fee: $100 per day
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts
1 electrical outlet with power
Pitcher of water with three glasses or bottled water
3 students to assist with loading equipment after performance (if possible, but not required)
Performance space: Center Aisle through audience
Arrival time before first performance: 45‐60 minutes
Strike time: 20 minutes
Time needed between performances: 5 minutes
Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior.
Please introduce the performers as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.