I Used to Be a Snobby Music Educator

Do you know anything about Bluegrass music? Wait! Before you tell me it’s for hillbillies or rednecks – Have you ever actually listened to it performed live?

NO??!!??

Well here’s your chance! Every year on Labor Day weekend the quaint little town of Earl Park, Indiana hosts a wonderful free Bluegrass festival.  You heard me right FREE! Nationally known Bluegrass musicians are on the stage all day and evening long.  If you don’t like one group stay for the next.  I was cruising around the website today and noticed that a few of the performers for this year have FREE songs available on their sites to download.  You can prime your brain beforehand!


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Now I’ll admit that when my husband’s family first invited me to go to this yearly music festival I turned up my snobby little music education nose.  But thankfully they managed to convince me to go by mentioning there was a huge flea market there as well. So I bargin shopped till my feet hurt and when I needed to rest I sat down on the family blanket and cooled off to the sounds of some sweet bluegrass music. Yes, I did have to spend some time getting over the diction of the singers because after all they weren’t trying to achieve the open vowel sounds I ask my choirs to blend with.  But holy cow! They were blending anyway!!! And the musicianship, the story-telling, the emotion! I was sold.  That was over 10 years ago and I’ve been every year since then.  Thanks Muenches for not letting me be a snobby music educator!  You’ve expanded my horizons and made me a better teacher/musician.

Have you ever had to your musical horizons widened by a family member? Tell me all about it in the comment section.

Brenda Muench

music educator tech specialist

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2 Responses

  1. Nice! Down where I’m from we love some bluegrass!! It is surprising the range of sounds that can fit into that one genre. It has a real place in my listening library, that’s for sure!
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  2. Wow, that’s indeed a great post! Thanks for sharing your experiences and ways on how you’ve become a better musician and music teacher. I do appreciate music and guitar teachers like you. Keep up the noble works, my friend. Just in case, you would like to consider a few additional music teaching resources, please visit this page for some good links to reliable music teachers software and websites. Thanks again and cheers!

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