2021-05-04T00:43:00-05:00

Musical Ancestries

Musical Ancestries™ is a program designed to teach school-aged children about their musical and cultural heritage.

Each episode features a Prezi presentation that incorporates visual images, maps, audio clips, text, and hands-on activities in a user-friendly and engaging way. In addition, there are links to the original radio broadcast audio file, the written script for that audio broadcast, and further resources (both online and in the St. Louis community) for students, teachers, and families. National Standards addressed are noted in the “Resources” section of each Prezi presentation.

This program is made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive, a multi-year initiative dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts.

Musical Ancestries™: Bosnia

June 23rd, 2021|

Musical Ancestries™ is a quarterly program designed to teach school-aged children about their musical and cultural heritage. This episode is devoted to the culture, instruments, music, and traditions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Listeners meet Lejla and her friend Petra, who learn about Bosnian music, culture, and more from Lejla's deda (grandfather).

Musical Ancestries™: Thailand

May 4th, 2021|

Musical Ancestries™ is a program designed to teach school-aged children about their musical and cultural heritage. This episode of Musical Ancestries™ is focused on the music, dance and traditions of Thailand. Listeners meet Chet, who's living in Bangkok, Thailand with his mother for a year and just starting Prathom 5, or 5th Grade.

Musical Ancestries™: Native America

January 25th, 2021|

This episode of Musical Ancestries™ is focused on the music, dance and traditions of Native America. Listeners meet Mika and her older step-brother Tom, and accompany them to a Pow Wow where the siblings learn leather and bead working and begin to understand Mika's Native American heritage with the guidance and wisdom of elder KiowaKat.

Musical Ancestries™: Jewish Music and Culture

November 11th, 2020|

This episode of Musical Ancestries™ is devoted to Jewish culture, instruments, music, and traditions. Listeners will meet Cantor Ruth and her four students as they share a lesson on the great diversity of Jewish music and culture through the principle of Tikkun Olam, or "Repair of the World."

Musical Ancestries™: India

June 27th, 2020|

This episode of Musical Ancestries™ is devoted to the musical instruments and artistic traditions of India. Listeners meet 10-year-old twin sister and brother, Chandra and Nitesh, and their mother Deepa. The trio travels to India so that the twins can learn more about their musical heritage from Uncle Nihal, a well-respected musician in Mumbai.

Musical Ancestries™: Central America

April 25th, 2020|

This episode of Musical Ancestries™ focuses on the instruments, music, and traditions of Central America. Listeners meet the fictional children's marimba group "Los Estudiantes" as they learn about the music, history, and traditions of Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Musical Ancestries™: The Caribbean

February 15th, 2020|

This episode of Musical Ancestries™ highlights the instruments, music, and traditions of the Caribbean countries of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nassau in the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago. Listeners travel with Jaden and his Uncle Alejandro through the Caribbean as they visit musicians, explore traditional instruments and discover the value of Jaden’s musical roots. Each area the pair visits contributes different flavors to music that is as colorful and enchanting as the islands themselves.

Musical Ancestries™: West Africa

September 21st, 2019|

This episode of Musical Ancestries™ highlights the instruments, music, and storytelling traditions of the West African countries of Guinea, Mali, Benin, and Ghana. Listeners travel with characters Akisha and her "Nana" through West Africa as they visit musicians, explore traditional instruments and discover the value of Akisha’s musical roots. Each area the pair visits introduces them to music that is as diverse as the African landscape itself, yet resonates with the pride of their ancestry.

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