The Roots of American Music Music


The Roots of American Music

Type: Performance
Art Form: Music|Exploring Cultures|History, Math, Science
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.

Program available in person.

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

Single Performance: $1,000
Additional Performances: $800
Travel: $100 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts



  • 1 electrical outlet
  • Bottled water or pitcher of water for four people
  • 3 older students to help load out equipment after program, if available.

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 proper audience behavior for their students.

Please introduce the performers as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts ensemble.

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