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Rise Up Singing

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is a roots music program for students based upon the songs from this classic songbook.  

We begin with focusing on songs from Rise Up Singing which contains historically important music that is both accessible and engaging.  Students are exposed to, and perform songs by, early music masters like Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and sister Rosetta Thorpe . Students are exposed to genres including folk, gospel, blues and more.

Students are engaged in progressive, hands-on, learning that provides the participants with a perspective in historic context and make them socially aware of past and present issues.  Beginning with singing and moving to hands on instrumental guitar and ukulele performance, instruction builds to song-writing activities that develop both individual voice and essential writing skills.  Throughout, participants are provided opportunities to explore and experiment to try creative approaches and discover new talents.

In addition to classrooms, we also teach in non-traditional settings including libraries and senior centers to ensure accessibility to diverse audiences. Our goal is to remove obstacles to participation and make quality programs available to all, including youth, seniors, and those with disabilities. 

School sessions closely align with state standards for arts education, taught by professional musicians/arts educators from ROAM’s staff, all of whom demonstrate mastery in their instrumental performances.   

While all the units have a strong pedagogical base, what the students primarily experience is creative fun.

Suggested Time (# of days/hours/minutes per class): eight classroom days and one final event, 45 - 50-minutes per class visit

Grades served: 3-6

Number of Students per program or session:  up to 30 students per class/ session

Number of Organizational Presenters: a solo Roots of American Music teaching artist in the classroom. A one-time trio for the final assembly.

Contact info:

Tam Sivertson         216 321 9350


Kevin T. Richards   216 978 2746 cell/text