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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 for younger listeners, Ainslie helps K-4th grade 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.


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: European
Subject: Music, Social Studies / History
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available year-round

Available times:

Available for day time student performances and evening family concerts

Length of :Program 50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

8′ x 8′ performance space with access to electrical outlet; Artist will provide sound in most instances.


In schools, libraries, theaters, centers

Fees / Ticketing:

$650 for one performance and $1,200 for two in the same day.


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.


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



North Ridge Elementary School Preston Peek 1401 Ravenhurst Drive Raleigh, NC 27615 919-870-4100 Ashe County Arts Council Jane Lonon PO Box 353 Jefferson, NC 28640 336-846-2787 Magellan Charter School Alice Lynch 9324 Baileywick Road Raleigh, NC 27615 919-844-0277