Skyland Elementary School students
learning about their heritage through music


Skyland Elementary School's Folk Music residency is underway, and artist Ben Seymour will work with the 3rd- and 4th-graders on Mondays and Thursdays for several weeks.

The school's Arts Night was held March 13 and featured students playing the dulcimer, folk dancing and showing their folk art projects.

The residency was made possible by a $1,500 grant from the Greater Greer Education Foundation. The grant application was submitted by Carol C. Godfrey, music specialist at Skyland.

"Skyland's mountain heritage is unique and creates a strong sense of community for past and present students and teachers," Godfrey said in her grant proposal. "We want our students to be aware of the local history and folk tradition of the Blue Ridge Community, and this project will allow students to take a step into the past by learning about an acoustic folk instrument connected to our area."

In the weeks learning up to Arts Night, students were given the opportunity to hear live traditional folk music, meet a local folk musician and play a folk instrument.


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