Welcome to Musical Explorers!
Please visit any of our unit pages (under Teacher Resources) to learn more about the artists and their music. You can be a part of Musical Explorers! Below are some ideas for continuing the journey at home:
Here are some questions to start a discussion:
Who is a part of our community? Where do we hear music in our community?
Have you learned any dances in Musical Explorers? Can you teach them to me?
When are your favorite times to sing and dance?
How do you make music together in your class and in your school?
What was your favorite part of the concert in December? Who was your favorite artist (Yacouba, Laiken, Anders, Melody)?
Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Musical Explorers concert? What song are you most excited to see in person?
Below are some books you can read with your student that are connected with our fall curriculum:
- Ezra Jack Keats, John Henry
- John Feierabend, The Book of Children’s Songtales
- Susan Kantor, An Illustrated Treasury of African American Read-Aloud Stories
- Donald Crews, Freight Train and Shortcut
- Brian Floca, Locomotive
- Angela Johnson, I Dream of Trains
- Diane Siebert, Train Song
- Jeanette Winter, Follow the Drinking Gourd
- Faith Ringgold, Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky
- Ed Piskor, The Hip Hop Family Tree
- Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Laban Carrick Hill, When the Beat was Born
- Paul Showers, The Listening Walk
Here are some resources that will help you learn more about the music your student is studying this fall:
- Larry Stempel, Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical
- Stewart F. Lane, Black Broadway: African-Americans on the Great White Way
- Eddie Shapiro, Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater
- Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter
- Bill C. Malone and Jocelyn Neal, Country Music, U.S.A. (Third Revised Edition)
- Thomas A. Hale, Griots and Griottes: Master of Words and Music
- Andy Morgan, Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali
- The Last Song before the War, a documentary by Kiley Kraskouskas
- Mali Blues, a documentary by Lutz Gregor
- Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako, a radio documentary from Afropop Worldwide
Check out more parent- and kid-friendly soul, country, and Malian music on our Spotify playlist and the live broadcasts from Savannah Music Festival’s radio archives:
- Asleep at the Wheel (2015 SMF performance)
- Hot Club of Cowtown (2015 SMF performance)
- Ballaké Sissoko (2016 SMF performance)
- Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal (2011 SMF performance)
Music of Mali