Educational Outreach


As unique as their musical sound, Harpeth Rising's arts-in-the-schools presentations are designed to inform and inspire audiences at all ages and levels of musical accomplishment. Beginning with discussions on the origin and history of each instrument, the band moves from discussion to demonstration, exploring the connection between different genres of music, like classical to blues, blues to folk, and folk music to their own original writing. Insights are shared into some specific techniques that create colors of sound and communication within their songs. 

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Thank you to harpeth rising for an inspirational afternoon. Our students are still talking about the workshop. The women were so knowledgable and had great rapport with the students. We hope to work with them again soon.
— Melissa Lesniak, Director of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Orchestra
The experience we had in our school with Harpeth Rising was so much fun. Our kids learned a lot about music they had never heard before, and were inspired to go home and practice their instruments even more! It was a wonderful opportunity for our school, and definitely enriched our music program.
— Matthew Sanislo, Music Teacher at the Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY

Before they began touring full-time, Harpeth Rising members taught extensively as Adjunct Faculty of Western Kentucky University's music department, Assistant Instructors at Indiana University, and at various private institutions. In addition to lessons in violin, banjo and cello, they taught classes on improvisation, alternative string technique, songwriting and music history. 


Workshop Topics (including but not limited to):

-Alternative String Techniques

- Songwriting

- Study and Reinvention of Traditional music

- Collaborative part-writing and orchestration

- Harmony singing

- Foot percussion

- Splitting the musical brain: Playing and singing simultaneously

The NKU String Project students collaborate with blugerass band, Harpeth Rising, and the NKU Chamber Choir for a fun rendition of "Boondocks."

Harpeth Rising plays their original song 'Goin' Goin' Gone' with the Northern Kentucky University pre-college strings program. Arrangement by Harpeth Rising

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