HEAR THE SOUND
Bring all ears to Charles Pettee! This
multi-talented musician employs banjo, harmonica, guitar,
mandolin, voice and a variety of hats which introduces you
to the wonderful tapestry of sounds that make up the music
of the Carolinas: music of the Pilgrims, native Americans,
African-Americans , Piedmont Blues, Gospel and Bluegrass.
There is never a dull moment as Mr. Pettee switches songs
or hats, encouraging rhythmic clapping and spontaneous discussion
throughout the show.
Preschool program: Employing banjo, harmonica, guitar,
mandolin, voice, and a variety of hats, Mr. Pettee introduces
kids and teachers alike to the wonderful tapestry of sounds
that make up the music of the Carolinas, including the music
of the Pilgrims, native Americans, African-Americans, Piedmont
Blues, Gospel and Bluegrass.
K-2 program: Kids and teachers
have a great time singing call-response songs, clapping in
rhythm, and laughing whenever they want to in this
action-packed show that shares the instruments and melodies of
southern string music from the Pilgrims to the present.
Grades 3-5 program: In addition to
clapping and singing, and accented by a changing backdrop of
over 50 slides depicting southern land forms and historical
figures, the songs reflect the life and times of the Pilgrims,
the Colonials, the slaves, the freedmen, the farmers, and
workers who all contributed to the settling of the South.
Grades 6-8 program: The Music of
the 1800's - Complementing social studies courses in both
world and US history, this program asks the question, "What on
earth were people listening to before there was rock, rap, or
jazz?" The answers bring out songs and styles that shed light
on this nation of immigrants from the early 1800's through the
Grades 8-12 program: The Music of
the Civil War Era - For students of US history, this program
brings the issues and struggles of the pre-Civil War and Civil
War periods to life. With a fascinating survey of the music of
European-based folk songs, African slave music, American
minstrel show tunes, and a sampling of the music of the Civil
War, Mr. Pettee convincingly demonstrates that the musical
similarities outweigh the differences between the warring
factions. In this way, he convincingly demonstrates that this
was one nation at war with itself.
Three-day residency: The String
Music of the Southern US - Collisions and Combinations. In
this fun and interactive series, adjusted for each of grades
3-8, Charles Pettee uses a variety of instruments to bring to
life the history of southern string music brought from places
as far flung as Ireland, Germany, Spain, and West Africa. The
folk, classical, dance, sacred, and popular music of these
cultures have collided at times, and combined at other times
to make new sounds in American music. Up to four one-hour
sessions per day for classes of up to 45 students.
Note: Group size for any of the programs
may be from 10 to 400. Artist travels with complete sound
system. Programs may be mixed and matched for residency
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Information Sheets in .pdf format:
Connections with North Carolina Essential Standards
View Instructional Plan for Charles' 5 Day Residency Program for Fourth Grade
View Instructional Plan for Charles' 4 Day Residency Program for Second Grade
thru Grade 2
3 thru 5
6 and above - “Southern Bluegrass & Blues – Then & Now” (6-12)