At work or play, children and families all over the world make music. One way to celebrate the joy and excellence of humankind is to share our music together!
With the help of her students in Los Angeles, StringsPop creator Carrie Salisbury designed these World Folk Song resources for music educators, parents and students. Each song in the current collection was recommended by a studio family with ties to the country, culture and songs shared. Over the course of a year, the students in Carrie’s group, Crescendo Strings, shared stories, history, food, traditions, memories and music of their heritage with the class. All the students learned the song favored by each family. Then the entire performing group recorded and premiered the songs as large multi-level group collaborations. The finished music videos, with displays of traditional dress and some singing in family languages are also shared here.
We embrace the excellence of our friends’ cultures and countries with joy!
We invite music educators and students everywhere to learn these songs and offer the following resources to help!
- World Folk Songs with StringsPop Harmonizations Volume 1 available now as an instant PDF download here. (Volume 2 with more songs from more countries available soon!)
- Slide show resources for teaching the songs to multi-level group classes
- Accompaniment tracks
- Layer-cake video tutorials for students’ home practice
- Completed folk song music video projects made by children in the Gerona Rose Music Studio.
Introducing concepts about diatonic harmony through lead sheet notation is a hallmark component to Carrie’s unique StringsPop pedagogy – where folk and popular music of all kinds are broken down into layers of melody, bass, harmony and rhythm. These elements build music literacy about functional harmony in otherwise single-line instruments! For more examples of how Creative Lead Sheet Pedagogy can be shared with tweens and teens, check out the StringsPop online camp and workshops.
For more information about free teacher workshops like this in the future, RSVP here.