The Roots of American Music

Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: K-12
Scheduling Request

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.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300-600
Curriculum Connection: Music History, US history, Songwriting

Audience up to 300:
Single Show: $750
Back-To-Back: $1,275
Three-In-A-Row: $1,800
Four-In-A-Row: $2,325

Audience of 301–600:
Single Show: $1,200
Back-To-Back: $2,040
Three-In-A-Row: $2,880
Four-In-A-Row: $3,720

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.

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