Journey Through Early American History with the Mountain Dulcimer

Erin Mae takes students on a journey through early American history using song, story, and the mountain dulcimer. She teaches about the Appalachian origins of the instrument, along with history of American folk music and people.

During this residency, students will also learn American folk dance and will make simple instruments out of “found objects” (shakers, thumb pianos, rain sticks).

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Program Details

Appropriate for ages: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

Max Audience: one class
Costs: Residency, $85 per 45-minute session plus $39 for planning meeting. Virtual programs require a $39 tech/planning meeting.


Erin Mae Lewis

Erin is making waves in the music world as a highly skilled and qualified mountain dulcimer player. At the age of 17 she was the 2004 National Mountain dulcimer Champion. She has been performing since the age of 10 and is a member of the national touring groups Scenic Roots and S.E.A.

As a teaching artist, Erin Mae presents timeless traditional American songs on an American folk instrument to help students grasp history, social studies, language arts, and music concepts. Students will be challenged to think creatively as they engage in conversation and movement centered around singing with the mountain dulcimer.

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