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 Grove Band, Mr. Pettee began focusing his talents on offering fun educational programs where he performs a variety of styles on several different instruments, demonstrating contributions from around the globe that add to the mix of styles found in NC folk and Bluegrass music. His rich performing experience, his musical prowess, and his first hand knowledge from growing up in Asheville, NC, combine with his love of teaching to create memorable programs and residencies renowned for enriching, inspiring, and delighting audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Mr. Pettee’s music is has been heard on radio, TV, and the internet for many years. He is currently at work on his fourteenth album/CD.


  318 Burris Place, Chapel Hill, NC 27516



Digging for the Roots of Bluegrass Music Residency...

Program description

Charles Pettee’s three to five day 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, Gospel), that have combined to give us Bluegrass music! Each day, the students will enjoy hearing, and singing along with, that day’s unique "focus instrument" (guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, harmonica, voice). They will learn how each instrument works, how it is played, and from which country or part of the world it originated. In addition, if desired, students will learn to compose and perform their own original folk song, with the option to present this song to the school at the closing assembly! Students gain an appreciation for the diversity of cultures represented in southern US folk music, and a deeper understanding of how music and culture combine to make new art forms.

Booking / scheduling contact

Charles Pettee

   (919) 967-1381

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: American, European, Multicultural
Program type:
Population served: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Music, Social Studies / History
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
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.