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Richard Graham Productions

Contact Name: Richard Graham19 Clairmont Avenue Asheville, North Carolina 28804 United States Map It


19 Clairmont Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
United States
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Phone: (828) 450-9026

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Richard Graham holds a degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Memphis and has collected hundreds of instruments, songs and stories from his research trips in South America, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Southern U.S. He records for the MuWorks and Inside Sounds labels, is the author of a number of books and articles in the fields of anthropology and ethnomusicology. As a teaching artist he is active with the Wolftrap Institute, Mississippi Arts Commission, Crittenden County Arts Council, and the Memphis Center for Arts Education to name a few. Richard has also been a full time classroom teacher and is sensitive to the needs and challenges of teachers, students, and schools. His educational music programs have been nationally profiled on NBC and CNN.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: World Music & Folk Tales

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Program description: Richard Graham’s Global Music & Folktales program brings the world’s music and traditional folk tales to your school using over 100 exotic folk musical instruments. Including the Japanese Shakuhaci, Mississippi Diddley Bow, African Djembe Drum, Appalachian dulcimer, Brazilian Berimbau musical bow, and the Native American Flute provide the musical background to this multicultural, educational experience. Music, math, science, foreign language, and geography are accentuated during this fascinating performance.

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Program Title: Blues You Can Use

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Teachers and students will be exposed to the history the Blues, a uniquely American art form that rose from the cotton fields to become popular around the Globe. Perhaps the greatest of America’s many cultural contributions, the simple elegance of the AAB poetry form, 12 bar Blues form has helped shape the music of Country, Jazz, Rock, and Gospel. Using both Blues and other aspects of Southern folklore as a teaching tool, participants in this workshop will investigate the history of the music in this interactive musical experience. Learn to make and play the one string zither known as a Diddi Bow in Mississippi. Breaking up into Blues bands, the participants will use the Diddi Bow and classroom instruments to write and perform their very own original Blues song. Targeted to grades K-5 or as a Professional Development Workshop.

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Program Title: Acoustics: the Science of Sound

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

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Do you ever wonder how sounds are created? Or how we hear them? What makes things sound different? Why do some things sound high or low pitched, or softer or louder in volume? Learn all about acoustics, the science of sound in this educational program utilizing World musical instruments and everyday classroom items to create sound scientific investigations and experiments with such sources as a Brazilian friction drum, an African musical bow, or a plain ordinary ruler! Targeted to grades 2-5.

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