American Folk Music: The Roots

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The traditional music brought here by English-speaking settlers, when the US was still a British colony, has influenced virtually every style of American popular music. Whether it’s rock and roll, country music or the blues, you’ll find it’s roots in this Anglo-American tradition. This workshop introduces the love songs, ballads, religious and dance music that survived in isolated mountain communities into the mid-20th century. We’ll explore both the music and the poetry of some of our most beautiful and enduring songs.

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This is a music appreciation class.  Students will listen to music, not perform it.

By the end of this workshop students may know as much about “Barbara Allen” as they know about Beyoncé.

Instructor: Ms. Bob Davis

Fee: $50
Dates: 2/5-3/4/2020
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Number of meetings: 5
Location: Mission Campus
Room 201