The Songs of the Pioneers presentation is a fun, interactive and educational way to expose children to the songs pioneers were singing as they travelled west.
Les brings a car load of acoustic musical instruments to your school, introduces each instrument with some of its history, sings songs from the 1800's, and ties the whole presentation together with pioneer experiences. It captures and holds the attention of K-6 students for 55 exciting and entertaining minutes. It's a great way to introduce students to some of the variety of folk instruments in the American tradition, as well as challenging them to think about some of the struggles pioneers had to deal with, including separation from loved ones, traveling priorities, creative ingenuity, and making their own musical entertainment.
Students are involved in the presentation through questions, encouragement to sing and by providing rhythmic accompaniment on several songs. Instruments include: guitar, autoharp, mandolin, mtn. dulcimer, banjo, bowed psaltry, fiddle, ukelele, jew's harp, mouth bow, bass, harmonica, spoons, & limberjack.
Elementary School, Kindergarten