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Charles Pettee - Hear the Sound

Charles Pettee - Hear the Sound

Charles Pettee, guitar and mandolin-wielding songwriter from Asheville, NC, loves sharing not only the catchy rhythms of NC Bluegrass and Folk music, but also the segregation-defying stories behind this culturally diverse tapestry of sounds. Transitioning from fronting Chapel Hill, NC’s

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Digging for the Roots of Bluegrass Music Residency


Program Description

Charles Pettee’s three to five day in person or virtual residency program for grades 2-5 offers up to four 45-60 minute classroom sessions per day, plus an optional assembly program(s) for the entire school, during which the students will experience first-hand the multicultural tapestry of music styles from the past (Celtic, West African [Blues], European Classical, ballads, southern folk,


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Virtual/Online Program, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: American, European, Multicultural
Subject: History, Music, Social Studies / History
Population Served Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Offered on a first come,first served basis throughout the school year, per ASC guidelines.

Available times:

Up to four 45-60 minute class sessions per day, as decided by school staff.

If school elects to have an assembly program as a part of the final day of the residency, there may be two combined sessions in the morning, with the assembly in the afternoon.

Length of :Program 45-60 minutes per session, up to 4 sessions/day
Space / technical requirements:

Classroom, or multi-purpose room, library, or any designated teaching space on site at the school. Students may be in their desks, or seated on the floor, as needed. Students should come prepared to sing, clap in rhythm, and particpate in musical exercises, and learning experiences.

Artist requests a library book cart for his instruments, if moving from class to class during the day, and a large tablet flip chart on easel for songwriting exercises, if those are included in the residency plan.

If artist is offering a school assembly as part of the residency, he will need 90 minutes prior to first assembly to load in and set up sound equipment (provided at no extra charge by the artist).


Any classroom, or other type room on site that is adequate for the number of students involved.

Fees / Ticketing:

Five day residency, with optional all-school assembly program, including lodging and transportation = $3600

Four day residency, with optional all-school assembly program, including lodging and transportation = $3200

Three day residency, with optional all-school assembly program(s), including lodging and transportation = $2400


NC Standard Course of Study:

RI.9 — Identify similarities in styles between texts (i.e., musical samples)

RL.9 — Comparing and contrasting musical themes, styles and characters

NC Essential Standards:

3,4,5.MR.1.4 — Identify instruments, sounds, characteristics of varieties of music

3,4,5. CR.1.1 — Understand how music is reflected in and affected by cultures and traditions

2.P.1 — Understand th erelationship between sound and vibrating objects

3.C.1.2 — Artistic expressions and community

4.C.1.2 — artistic expressions and cultural heritage


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


  • Gallery 1 - Charles Pettee - Hear the Sound
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  • Gallery 4 - Charles Pettee - Hear the Sound
  • Day one!


  • Interview and live clips from Bath ES all-school assembly program on Day 5 of residency; 4th graders share their original song!


Ava Hughes, Arts Education Director, Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, (864)542-8787 “His programs are always age appropriate… educational and tied to curriculum standards… I always get positive feedback from school administrators and teachers.”

Carolyn Allen, Arts Coordinator, Sandy Ridge ES, Durham, NC (919)560-2695 “Mr. Pettee has completed several 4 or 5 day residencies at SRES… very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, engaging, and talented. He is an excellent communicator and a pleasure to be around — for both students and teachers.”

Please see additional references attached below!


Several letters/emails regarding Mr. Pettee's various programs


Cancellation Policy

Artist makes every effort to reschedule at a mutually convenient time, if at all possible. If cancelled within 30 days, 100% full fee due; if cancelled more than thirty days from start date, 50% fee due.