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African American Music Museum

Mar 01, 2021 2021-03-01

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Achievements and Influences of African American Music

In 2016 the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, Tennessee, created programs to further educate the community on the achievements and influences of African American music. NMAAM has now partnered with QuaverEd to bring the museum’s school curriculum, From Nothing to Something (FN2S), into the digital space. FN2S is a series of one-hour workshops, consisting of one of six musical presentations: Spoons, Harmonica, Cigar Box Guitars, Banjo, and Washtub Bass. Led by artists, each presentation focuses on a singular instrument. Students will learn and explore the musical history, techniques, and other exciting stories and facts throughout each lesson. The Spoons Project includes three lessons designed to guide fourth-grade students to learn how to play the spoons and how the spoons and related instruments are a part of music in America. Students also perform a list poem inspired by the spoons. The Banjo Project has three lessons designed to guide fifth-grade students to learn about the cultural and traditional origins of the banjo in Africa, how it made its way to the Americas, the concept of cultural appropriation, and the essential parts of these instruments.

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