"Music in the Schools"
For 40 years, Golden Bough has been bringing their music into elementary schools, offering students the opportunity
to enjoy the wealth of folk music from Ireland, America and around the world. Following their introductory assembly,
where the children are acquainted with the group's collection of musical instruments and are given a basic understanding of folk music,
Golden Bough often returns to present a follow-up program. Golden Bough is also available for concert performances at
Children's & family festivals and in concert. Their program can be tailored to the particular event.
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From Ireland to America
International Folk Music
American Folk Music
Holiday (Christmas & Hanukkah)
"A wonderful combination of enjoyable music, audience participation and education."
"Golden Bough has a range of talent that seems uncommon among performers - let alone performers who are available to schools."
"All of our students, including special education, Sheltered English and kindergarten, thoroughly enjoyed the performances.
The players were knowledgeable on the music and gave wonderful background information on each instrument."
"I know how difficult it is to keep the attention of 300 students during a 45 minute performance, but that wasn't a problem as
the children not only enjoyed learning about the different musical instruments, they had a lot of fun singing and clapping along."
MAIN IDEA OF PROGRAM
Specializing in the traditional folk music of Ireland and America, Golden Bough presents an educational, entertaining and FUN look at the
Students will be exposed to the music of Ireland, much of which was brought to the U.S. by immigrants and absorbed into our American folk
* To expose students to the music of Ireland and allow them to see and hear instruments and music they might otherwise miss.
From The Czech Republic to China, from France to Mexico, Golden Bough takes students on a musical journey around the world, touching on a diversity of ethnic music from various countries. The different rhythms, languages and melodic lines of various folk traditions are demonstrated. Golden Bough also demonstrates how the same or similar instruments are used throughout the world. For example; the harp, accordion and violin are used in Irish, European and Mexican folk music! Explaining that there are far too many countries in the World to visit them all, Golden Bough does touch on Europe, the Balkans, Asia, South America and Mexico.
* To demonstrate the similarities and differences between various folk cultures.
Performing such standards as "This Land is Your Land", "The Erie Canal" & "Freight Train", as well as lesser-known American folk songs, Golden Bough takes the students on a musical journey across the United States. With these great American classics, students are easilypersuaded to sing along. The emphasis on the program is the modes of transportation used by early settlers, and how the songs, both lyricallyand rhythmically, reflected a particular mode of transportation. Ending up with the immigration to California (The Gold Rush, The Dust Bowl), Golden Bough brings the attention of the students to their own great state.
* To show students how folk songs reflect the actual events of the day.
Golden Bough re-introduces their variety of instruments from previous assemblies (Celtic harp, penny-whistle, recorder, accordion, violin),
as students get to hear (and join in on) a variety of carols from Celtic lands and elsewhere. The selection of songs covers holiday themes
(Christmas, Hanukkah),as well as themes for the Winter season and the Yuletide solstice. The students will be fascinated by rare carols from Ireland and Scotland and the explanations of how the holidays are celebrated in these lands. For example, students will hear about the origin of the mistletoe as a holiday image and what it meant to the early Celtic people. These songs and explanations will give the students a brief glimpse at the Winter celebrations from the Celtic lands. Included in the program are also songs for Hanukkah, as well as a few recognizable songs, certain to get the students singing-along.
* To expose students to carols and Winter songs from the Celtic lands and to allow them to hear Golden Bough's unique line-up of
To book Golden Bough at your school please contact us:
Phone: (209) 572-1715 / email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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