American folk music encompasses numerous genres, many of which are known as roots music. Roots music includes bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Cajun and Native American music. As the name ‘roots’ suggests, this music laid the foundation for that which was to come, namely, blues, jazz, rock and hip hop. By under- standing what came before, students will be better prepared to create and absorb the music of today. The skills and techniques taught include the playing of instruments (guitar, mando- lin, fiddle, piano, percussion, etc.) as well as singing. Learning songs by rote and by traditional notation, rehearsing with others and performing are an integral part of the classroom experience. The conceptual understandings will focus on the messages and meanings of songs in hopes of giving students deeper insights into the music makers of the past. This music seminar will focus on the re-creation of music and collaboration with others through performance.
19 April 2011—Today in the TimeSlips Seminar (this is a project we’re working on with JMKAC’s Connecting Communities) we enjoyed a visit from Tracy Cinealis, CSA, of Libby’s House. Such insight into memory loss! She shared facts about dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. She shared stories from her experiences with the elderly. Though the students had researched questions about dementia, Tracy brought to light a more personal side. The respect and caring she expressed truly moved us. She also used some activities to illustrate what it’s like to gradually lose what you love in life, without choice or rhyme or reason. The students seem more eager than ever to meet and work with people with memory loss. All said they are less afraid because they are more informed.