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Massachusetts was a central part of the United States’ early formation. As one of the original colonies, many of the patriots that participated in the Revolutionary War were from Massachusetts. The music that the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps plays is the same music that once inspired the patriots serving in the Revolutionary War. As you participate in Veterans Day ceremonies, take a moment to listen to this early music is this featured video and remember those who served this nation.

Michael Napolitano of Michael & the Rockness Monsters and Preschool of Rock brings to you an educational show spanning years of family music this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. Michael started his musical lifestyle at an early age of 3 when placed lovingly behind his father’s drum set. This show features musical acts composed of families immersed in music. You’ll find some of your favorite Kindie artists as well as some new and old classics – more family combinations then you can wrap your head around!

HFVS Black History Month Episode.

This fall, Amherst Cinema offers a rare opportunity to intimately explore the art of Johannes Vermeer, one of the great Dutch masters and painter of the beloved work, “The Girl With a Pearl Earring.” Three screenings of the film, “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure,” will be of interest to students of music, art, and European history, and art lovers in general…

This Sunday, August 25th, Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert series pays tribute to Lucy Prince, a notable African-American poet, songwriter, and storyteller of early Deerfield. A former slave, Prince’s unusual life has become an important part of western Massachusetts folklore. Through 18th century music & songs, older students and adults interested in learning more about American history will enjoy this musical lens into the culture & history of western Massachusetts past…

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World Rocks the Springfield Museums! January 18 through April 21, 2013 Throughout history, the many different media that humans have used in order to channel their creativity has expanded – whether as a result of changes in technology, shifting culture, or the availability of different and materials, the ways in which we convey and share our creativity constantly evolving.  The Springfield Museums’ most recent addition explores… Read More

The Evolution of Rhythms Youth Musical Explores the History of Beats Saturday, Oct. 27th in Pittsfield, MA Most kids today enjoy popular music of some sort – especially hip-hop!  But where does the style (and the unique name) come from?  Pittsfield’s Youth Alive presents, The Evolution of Rhythms, an original musical that explores the history and cultural context and significance of beats on Saturday evening, October 27th in Berkshire County. The show… Read More

Let’s Stomp and Shake to… La Bamba! Who would think that a humble little folksong from the region of Vera Cruz, Mexico would grow up to be a best-loved song all over the world – and even get itself listed as # 345 in Rolling Stone’s Magazine’s List of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Such is the impressive history of a song called “La Bamba”. Although La Bamba has been… Read More

Come by Here: A Short History of Kumbayah If you’ve ever gone to summer camp or sat around a campfire with a guitar, chances are good you’ve sung “Kumbayah.” It’s one of those wonderful – make it up as you go – folksongs. After the first verse of Kumbayah, you can sing that someone is crying, laughing, sleeping, etc. and add as many verses as you want. The song is different and… Read More

Hitting the Right Note: Trumpet Talk in the Berkshires As civilization has evolved, so has culture and artistic expression.  Trumpet player and teacher Paul Sundberg will present a workshop Sunday, January 8th at 4pm on the evolution of trumpet music and playing throughout history. Taking place at the Stockbridge Library, the event will teach attendees about the mechanics of the instrument and its role within many different musical settings throughout history.  Sundberg… Read More

Music History: Brass Instruments The First Congregational Church of Southwick presents an free opportunity for older students to learn about the history of brass instruments!  This unique opportunity will give participants a specific glimpse into music history. Mark your calendars… The Premier Brass Quintet will perform at the church on Sunday, October 16th at 7pm. Accompanying the performance will be a show-and-tell that provides a history of brass instruments and shows audience… Read More

Listen to Podcast: Black History Month Show Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am February 12th & 13th, 2011 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Featured Video: Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of the Children’s Folk Song, performs “I Know a City Called Okeechobee.” New Podcasts ♦ Archived Podcasts ♦ Subscribe to Podcast Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter Booker T. & The MG’s — “Green Onions Ella Jenkins —… Read More

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