NAC-AEP Programme Details


Programme ID: AEP0318018

American Roots Music


The music presented will feature genres like old time, jug band, bluegrass, western swing, cowboy, cajun music and of course, the blues, performed on an array of traditional string band instruments, which includes fiddle, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar and string bass. 

The programme will highlight important cornerstone numbers from iconic figures of American roots music like Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, Tommy Jarrell and Mississippi Sheikhs. 

Students will be strongly encouraged to perform and sing along with the band by honouring the jug band tradition of using found objects and voices to make music.


This programme offers a sampling of American roots music, which is the source and basis for all American music like jazz, rock and roll, R&B and hip hop. 

At the end of the programme, students should: 

- Have a better understanding of how the blues is the foundation of all popular styles of American music 
- Have a better understanding of how music can be used as a tool to affect positive social and political changes 
- Have a better understanding why music is so important for the identity and cohesiveness of a culture 
- What it means and why it is important to understand our own cultural roots


Pri - Lower / Pri - Upper / Sec - Lower / Sec - Upper / JC/CI / ITE


45 minutes

None / Power Point

1 instructor, 2 to 3 other musicians/performers

- COST -

$1500 (Trio) or $1800 (Quartet)

Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the programme cost. There is a subsidy of up to 50% of the programme cost for mainstream schools, and up to 70% of the programme cost for Special Education Schools.
The Tote Board Arts Grant is not applicable to pre-schools. NAC partners selected pre-school centres to receive funding to purchase Pre-School AEP.

The following programme is approved under NAC-AEP 2019-2021 until 31 December 2021.


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