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Scott Ainslie

Scott Ainslie

Considered a master of America roots music, Scott Ainslie brings a wealth of personal and musical history to the stage. With expertise in Ragtime & Delta Blues – and the banjo and fiddle traditions of the Southern Appalachians – in Ainslie’s hands the African and American roots of the music

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Before Rock 'n' Roll with Blues Musician and Historian Scott Ainslie


Program Description

Where did our music of today come from? In this program, Ainslie helps students explore the music that came before today’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. With interactive call & response singing and syncopated hand-clapping, Scott presents a fast-moving tour of many of the songs students encounter in their music classes: early spirituals, work songs, Ragtime and Delta Blues. Playing his fretless gourd


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: European, Multicultural
Subject: Music, Social Studies / History
Population Served Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available year-round

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

8′ x 8′ performance space; Access to 110v grounded outlet, 60 minutes before & after to set-up and load out. Scott will provide sound for schools.


In schools, libraries, theaters, performing arts centers

Fees / Ticketing:

$650 for one performance and $1,200 for two in the same day when routed in area


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL2 = Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

SL4 = Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

R7 = Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Social Studies 3-5 Standards:

4.C.1 = Understand the impact of various cultural groups on North Carolina.

8.C.1 = Understand how different cultures influenced North Carolina and the United States.

From the Arts Education, Music Standards:

CR.1 = Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music.

Supporting Materials

Blues Roots Teacher Guide


Before Rock 'n' Roll Study Guide



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



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Renee Van Horn, Stanly County Arts Council, Albemarle, NC;; 704-982-8118

Emily Stumb, Heritage Middle School, Wake Forest, NC;

Bree Sargent, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA;

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.