Charles Pettee - Hear the Sound

Charles Pettee - Hear the Sound

Charles Pettee loves his “second career” as a performing teaching artist where he shares the ongoing multicultural story of Bluegrass Music! After an acclaimed career featuring over 3,000 performances as singer, mandolin player and songwriter with the world travelling Bluegrass group The Shady

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Archived: Bluegrass Stomp (preK-12)


Program description

Bluegrass Stomp” (A romp through the musical styles from around the world that make up Carolina Bluegrass music), combines Charles Pettee’s experience in over 5,500 performances from all over the US and Europe, with his blazing skills on the mandolin, guitar, banjo and harmonica, to delight students and teachers alike with a whirlwind interactive tour of music from Africa to Europe to our own


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: American, European, Multicultural
Subject: Music, Social Studies / History
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year-round, on a first-come, first served basis

Available times:

As desired by the presenter. Allow at least 15 minutes between programs, if offering multiple shows. 90 minutes set up time required before the first program.

Length of program: 50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

10′ by 15′ space, 90″ set-up time prior to first program, Artist brings complete sound system adequate for audience up to 600.


As desired by the presenter.

Fees / Ticketing:

$500 per program. Inquire about bundling programs for lower fees.


NC Standard Course of Study:


Charles Pettee’s performances and residencies offer music principles and historic facts pertaining to southern folk music that align with the Common Core Standards for Literacy. Elementary grades will find connections with


R9 (specifically RI) where students note differences and similarities between texts, (in this case, various musical styles).


R9 skills (specifically RL – comparing and contrasting themes, characters, styles, etc.) are also demonstrated in Pettee’s presentations, as instrument “voices” are compared, song styles from Europe and Africa are demonstrated/compared, and the story of Bluegrass music, (itself a combination of styles and “characters”), is brought to life.


Similar connections in this regard apply to grades 6-12 as exemplified by Standard R1 (specifically RH – “citing textual evidence”) and R6 (specifically RH – point of view).


Older students also explore the evolution of musical styles in Pettee’s programs, and thus there are connections with Speaking and Learning Standards SL2 and SL3 (analyzing, delineating arguments, interpreting cultural and musical “statements”). Argumentation is not only demonstrated by Pettee; in appropriate venues, lively discussion is encouraged!

NC Essential Standards:


From the Arts Education, Music K-8 Standards:


Mr. Pettee’s interactive shows and residencies apply the elements of music and musical techniques to demonstrate how to sing and play southern folk music with accuracy and expression (K-8.ML.1).


His programs also develop understanding of interacting musical elements (styles, instruments, song forms, dances) to encourage the proper response to the performance of southern folk music (K-8.MR.1).


His programs also contribute to understanding global, interdisciplinary and 21st century connections with music (CR.1).


Mr. Pettee’s shows also make a number of important social studies connections with many of the diverse cultures that immigrated to the US, especially to the South in the 1800s. (C.1 & C.2)


4.CR.1.1 Mr Pettee explores how music has affected, and is reflected in, the culture, traditions, and history of North Carolina.


8.C.1.1 Mr. Pettee explores how influences from Africa, Europe, and the Americas impacted North Carolina and the United States (e.g. slavery, the decline of the American Indian populations).


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



See pdf below for recent letters of recommendation, as well as several references


Cancellation Policy

Will attempt to reschedule at no extra charge,if possible. If this cannot be accomplished, then 50% fee is due if cancelled 30 or more days in advance. Cancellation within 30 days of event means full fee is due.