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Audiences of all kinds can enjoy music such as jazz, ragtime, blues, folk and rock that connects them to academics and other outcomes.

Roots to Rock demonstrates the blending of traditional Appalachian music, with its roots in the British Isles, and African-American music.  Teaching artists tell the stories and demonstrate the music as it spans this time period. Pioneers of modern music are showcased such Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Bo Diddley, and Big Mama Thornton.

Diversity:  Let’s Get Together for students of all ages addresses how music has reflected our troubled times and also unites us in a quest for peace.

Journey to the Land of the Blues  takes participants on a lively journey through the history of the blues, a music created out of the Southern African-American experience and one of the roots of Rock and Roll.  Stories of social and cultural conditions include the experiences of slaves, the “Great Migrations” of African-Americans, and the technological advances that affected music and everyday life.

Walking to the Western Reserve  celebrates the history of the state of Ohio.  Hear songs and stories about Moses Cleveland and early immigrants.  Other topics include the Underground Railroad, canals and rivers, the settlement of the Shakers, and Thomas Edison. Check out a glimpse of what life was like in a time before electricity and modern technology.