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Wild Carrot

Wild Carrot

Rise Up Singing: The American Folk Song Movement Post-WWII

Curriculum: Music, Social Studies

The years immediately following WWII were prosperous and optimistic years for the U.S. and this optimism could be felt and heard in the popular music of the day. However, under the surface of complacency, social activism was rumbling: workers’ rights, women’s rights, civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-nuclear war activism. The folk music of this era gives students insight into the post-WWII societal issues that would come to the forefront in the following decades and are still in the media today. Making connections between the present and the past helps students understand and retain facts about history by putting events into perspective. Wild Carrot introduces students to multiple instruments and the folk music songwriting process while bringing historical issues and events of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s into focus through the music of pioneers like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

Recommend Grades: 8-10

Length: 50 minutes

Cost: $450 first session / $150 each additional

Max #Sessions per Day: 2