Chris Kahl, Teaching Artist
Chris Kahl takes audiences on a Musical Journey Through Florida, highlighting the rich history and culture of the Sunshine State. This folk music presentation takes students on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of original songs and stories, and covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore.
Topics include Ponce de Leon’s voyage to Florida in 1513, the rise of Florida’s citrus industry, how railroads opened up Florida to tourism, and the Seminole tribe and their relationship to the Everglades ecosystem and its species.
In addition to Florida history, Chris will cover his folk instruments (acoustic guitar and harmonica), his folk performing style, and his songwriting process. The presentation covers key aspects in the Florida Studies unit and is connected to the standards.
THE SCIENCE OF SOUND: EXPLORING SCIENCE THROUGH MUSICAL INSTRUMENTATION
In this 5 session residency, students explore the connections between science and music by studying and creating musical instruments. Specifically, students will construct and use instruments to demonstrate their understanding of pitch, frequency, wavelength and timbre. The residency culminates in students undertaking an arts design challenge. Chris Kahl, musician and teaching artist, will lead students through this engaging STEAM arts-integrated residency.