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Music of Colonial Times

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Music of Colonial Times

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Upper Elementary, Middle School, Jr. High, High School
Music of Colonial Times brings to life the early settlements in the Great Lakes and Canada through music and stories. Music animates the historical record, bringing social life and history into the realm of student experience in a way the written word cannot. The music, from the late 16th century to the early 18th century, is of the sort known to the inhabitants of the New World. The selections feature lively music for the common man—dance music, song tunes, marches. Each program features performances of music on appropriate instruments including period style recorder, flute, viola da gamba, guitar, fife and drum. With these programs, first developed for the Detroit's 300th anniversary in 2001, A Reasonable Facsimile hopes to enhance and encourage the study of local history by young audiences.