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.
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
- Study and Reinvention of Traditional music
- Collaborative part-writing and orchestration
- Harmony singing
- Foot percussion
- Splitting the musical brain: Playing and singing simultaneously