Folk Music in American History…and the Music Classroom
As Fourth of July weekend festivities continue across America, I was drawn to the folk music that symbolizes our great freedoms here in America. One cannot look far in the folk music tradition without encountering Pete Seeger, a true icon of this music in the 20th century. Pete passed away this past January, but his impact on the traditional music of our country will last for generations to come. As a tribute to Pete’s legacy, enjoy this video from January 2009 of Pete performing “This Land is Your Land” with his grandson and Bruce Springsteen.
During the school year, what ways do you incorporate folk music into your classroom lessons? I believe that it is important to give students a healthy balance of music from other world cultures and music from their “home” culture.
Share your ideas with us! Comment below with repertoire and lesson ideas that incorporate traditional folk repertoire in the music classroom!