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Reggie Harris

Reggie Harris

Reggie Harris has been affiliated with the John F Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program for over two decades, offering both multimedia performances for students and communities as well as and in-depth workshops for educators at all grade levels. His writing, research, field work and

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Music and the Underground Railroad


Program Description

The Underground Railroad is one of the most important chapters in American History. This engaging, interactive concert of songs, stories and narratives about slavery and the quest for freedom reveals the hope, power and eventually, the triumph that was accomplished by shared by a network of multicultural allies. Through song, story, audience involvement and a multi-media presentation, Music and


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Program Detail

Program type: Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Multi-media, Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Music, Social Studies / History
Population Served Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Bilingual: No
Available dates:


Available times:

As Contracted

Length of :Program 50 - 60 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

The artist can provide sound for schools and other small venues when contracted to do so. For other venues, the artist will need one vocal mic and one instrument mic, both on boom stands; one direct line and one monitor stage right.


On site in schools and venues

Fees / Ticketing:

Two performances in one day – $750 per performance

Three performances in one day – $650 per performance


NC Standard Course of Study:

* Examine the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction including the effects on American peoples

* Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

* Ask and answer questions about information from
a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

* Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points. Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

NC Essential Standards:

* Understand how music has affected, and is reflected in, the culture, traditions, and history of North Carolina.

* Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances.

* Illustrate audience and participant behavior appropriate for the purpose and setting that music is performed.

* Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music.



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): 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


Christy Lill  (PTA mom), 518-376-3425,   PTA at Geyser Road Elementary School, Saratoga Springs NY

Julia MacMillan,   Troy Prep Elementary School, Troy, NY  704-910-7462  Dir of special projects

Laura Lawson, Jenkins Elementary School,  Email:; 
Phone: 781-545-4910- Teacher and Arts Coordinator, Scituate, MA

Amy Blake- 973-992-7491; 2nd grade Teacher and arts coordinator at the Hartshorn School- Short Hills, NJ 

James Percoco (703)507-1261; History teacher at the Loudon School for the Gifted in Loudon, VA and Teacher in Residence at The Civil War Trust


Cancellation Policy

When the Artist has incurred significant travel expense to honor a contract and the contract or a portion of the contract is canceled due to weather, the artist will be paid in full and every attempt will be made to reschedule the services within the following 12 months at no additional charge to the Artist or the Presenter/School. If the Artist is at home or has not traveled to reach the venue location when the cancellation occurs, payment is not required and every attempt will be made by all parties to reschedule the work within the following 12 months. It is understood that make-up dates will be rescheduled when the artist is traveling through an area and the Artist is under no obligation to pay additional travel expenses to make-up services canceled due to weather.