School and Library ProgramsThrough his special school and library programs, Bing presents a journey into the familiar and not-so-familiar world of American folk music. With the Appalachian mountain dulcimer and Native American flute, two instruments indigenous to North America, he takes the audience on a trip through the haunting ceremonial tones of First Nations people, the Irish and Scottish tunes of early settlers, the rhythms, work songs, spirituals and blues handed down by African descendants of slaves and the melting pot of musical influences brought to this country by immigrants from all around the world. Aided by some rather unique technology, Bing brings listeners right up to the present as the evolution of folk music extends into the realms of pop, rock and even dance cultures. It's a lively and engaging presentation that has audiences singing, clapping, dancing and smiling, for folk music is truly "the music of the people."
Bing regularly travels the country, encouraging kids to become or stay active in music programs, citing scientific studies that children enrolled in school music classes often do better in all other subjects. Bing has enthusiastically brought his show to schools, libraries, historical re-enactments, Renaissance faires and more.
With a repertoire over 8 hours long, Bing will work witih event organizers to create a program tailored specifically for the intended audience. This can include hands-on experience with the instruments, question and answer sessions or an assembly showcase that had the group pictured above (Morrison School in Norwalk, California) literally jumping for joy!
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