The Rhapsody Project is a program that strengthens communities through celebrations of America's musical heritage that acknowledge the stories that shape it. Our instructors explore these cultures through music workshops, residencies and performances. We facilitate cross-generational, cross-cultural interactions through the medium of music. We want regular folks–especially the youth–to understand that America’s folk and blues music is not a relic, but a thriving blend of traditions that help us learn who we are.
Even if you don’t have a voice to sing with, you can drum out rhythm with your limbs to talk about your sorrow, tell your story, and drive your blues away. We’re trying to bring back something that has almost been lost. That is the understanding that you are not a spectator watching the tradition, you are a participant who can grow and expand the tradition. We are working towards the day when every student has their instrument of choice available to them. They are in touch with the musicians in their neighborhood, and they are afforded regular opportunities during which they can study, jam, and perform with those musicians. The various dimensions of the Rhapsody Project all share a common goal. We aim to inspire homemade music-making while we spark or spur young folks’ curiosity about their culture and its history.
BRING RHAPSODY TO YOUR SCHOOL
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