The Florida Traditional Music Train

Tallahassee, USA – The Florida Folklife Program recently announced the availability of “The
Florida Music Train” by folklorist and ethnomusicologist Laurie K. Sommers. This educational module includes an audio CD of archival, field, and studio recordings of Florida’s traditional music; five lesson plans; a full color poster; and background information about the artists and musical traditions represented in the unit. The audio CD includes an extensive range of 23 selections that allows teachers to create countless more lessons. The musical selections feature traditional music from such legendary Florida musicians as bluegrass fiddler Chubby Wise, Cuban singer Willie Chirino, klezmer greats The Epstein Brothers, Seminole musician James Billie and more.

Musical genres include blues, sacred harp, old-time, bluegrass, a cappella gospel, as well as music from Florida’s Greek, Seminole, Bahamian, Mexican, and Haitian communities.

Designed for use in elementary and secondary classrooms, the resource integrates music education with curricula in language arts and social studies.

For more information contact the Friends of Historic Properties and Museums, Florida Heritage Education Program, Museum of Florida History, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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