The Banjo: Jambox of the Kansas Pioneers for 150 Years (9th-12th grade)This is an interactive performance that explores the multicultural history of the banjo from its African roots to the dusty cattle trails, sod houses, cow towns and colorful characters of Kansas' past. Through several familiar folk songs and a few that are almost forgotten, the story of our state's history is interwoven with the history of the banjo. Richard uses costumes, on-the-spot drawings and student participation to pull the audience into the rich tapestry of Kansas' story. The banjo's amazing journey throughout Kansas' past teaches lessons in cultural diversity, musical variety and the Sunflower State's proud history. Along the way students can sing, clap and experience an assortment of unusual banjos.
Artist: Richard Crowson
My K-2 class had the best visit yesterday with ARTS Partner Richard Crowson. He tailor made this class for my kiddos and really gave them the best performance ever. First he talked to us about the banjo history and the singing cowboy of Kansas. He taught us some songs and made sure we all knew Kansas' state song, Home on the Range. He gave us cowboy dancing lessons and let each child that wanted to strum his banjo. It was a priceless performance. My older kids will get him later this week and they are very excited. He does a wonderful job of making his performance meaningful for each child.
|Format||Audience Size||Grade Level||Curriculum||Cost|
|Performance||Grade 9 - Grade 12||
History / Social Studies
Arts Partners | 903 S Edgemoor, Suite 907 Wichita, KS 67218
This Organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita.