Laura Boosinger - Music of the Southern Mountains
Thursday
Jul 24, 2014
 Arts In Education 

Laura Boosinger's concert performances and recordings have earned for her a well-deserved reputation as one of North Carolina's most talented singers and interpreters of the music of the Southern region.
Laura Boosinger headshot
Conventions, festivals, workshops and family concerts each provide a unique opportunity to showcase Laura's talents as she features a variety of traditional stringed instruments, including old-time banjo, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer and fingerstyle Autoharp.

For school programs, Laura designs each performance with the specific grade level(s) in mind, thereby maximizing each student's educational experience:

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade:
Program involves students in a variety of play party games and participatory folk songs.

4th - 6th Grade:
Various styles of music are introduced, including ballads, folk songs and instrumental music, emphasizing their historical perspectives and the relationship between traditional music and culture.

Middle School and High School:
An overview of the history of country music is presented from traditional music through its development in commercial country music.

Artist will provide high quality sound system. Sponsor should provide six foot table, armless chair and access to electrical outlet. Ideal audience size not to exceed 300 students. Program length is 45-50 minutes. A study guide will be provided for educator's use prior to the performance date.

Performances
  • The Library of Congress (Washington, DC)
  • Appalachian Summer Festival (ASU, Boone, NC)
  • MerleFest (N. Wilkesboro, NC)
  • Anderson College (Staley Lecture Series)
  • Furman University
  • The Ozark Folk Center (Mountain View, AR)
  • The Louisiana Hayride
  • The Tennessee Homecoming (Museum of Appalachia)
  • NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Coker College (Hartsville, SC)
  • NC Association of College Presidents
  • Wake County Schools (Raleigh, NC)
  • Pinewoods (Plymouth, MA)
  • Baldwin County Schools (Alabama)
  • Lancaster County Arts Council (Lancaster, SC)

"The lack of education about . . . great American folk music and songs in schools today amounts to a kind of cultural disenfranchisement."

-Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor, Miami's New World Symphony