America’s Musical Roots Master Class Series
BOOK CALVIN EARL FOR HIS: “AMERICA'S MUSICAL ROOTS MASTER CLASS SERIES" - Since the beginning of time, music has connected us in ways that reveal our shared humanity no matter our culture, gender or age. Human beings have more in common than we have differences. Music helps us imagine our lives beyond who we are and what we know. America's Musical Roots Master Classes bring to life our shared humanity through music. Through music, it is my intention to dispel the false myths that divide us unnecessarily, bringing awareness and understanding to the relationship between America’s first original immigrant music, ‘The African American Spirituals’, and America's multiple music genres we all know and love that were inspired by the spirituals sound. Music brings us together, join Calvin in a fun and uplifting story of who we are, and who we can be as Americans. Programs are modified to be age appropriate. Watch News Coverage:
MASTER CLASS African American Spirituals History - Through the art forms of music and storytelling, this educational program reveals the human story and history of America’s first most recognizable original immigrant musical art form. It was created by the enslaved Africans laboring in the cotton fields of the old South. Since the Colonies came into existence, this story will help you gain a better understanding of the meaning & methods used to create America’s first most recognizable original musical art form. In addition, you will learn how their original music became known as African American Spirituals as an American National Treasure in 2007.
I first heard this music from my elders, who were sharecroppers in the cotton fields of NC. They sang these songs as they worked in the fields and in church on Sunday mornings. My elders were only 1st and 2nd generation born free in America. I am 3rd generation born free. I was deeply inspired by my ancestors music, so in order to preserve their story, their original music and acknowledge their contributions in helping build a new nation, I took in upon myself in 2006 to ask and then help move the US Congress to honor the enslaved Africans for their contributions to our nation and recognize the African American Spirituals as a National Treasure. In February 2007 the Twin Resolutions passed by unanimous vote.
This interactive program will reveal why the enslaved Africans created an original music. You will also learn their music enabled the enslaved population to secretly communicate routes on the UGRR, help them heal their pain, endure the labor intensive tasks they were given daily, comfort their weary souls, teach their young, and keep an oral record of their history. (90 minutes including Q&A) Watch my interview with Rachael Roth, Fairfax VA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owYKvMMXB6U&feature=youtu.be
MASTER CLASS Music Of The Civil Rights Movement - After slavery ended, America needed to face the fact their was a big gap between our nations founding ideals and the reality of the continuing social decay caused by the inequality of racial, social, and economic injustice that still existed. Freedom songs of the Civil Rights movement helped inspire us to connect our nations diverse immigrant cultures to connect to the message of the Movement. These songs helped reveal our hopes and dreams for an equal and justice for all humanity, that would bring better days ahead for all of us together.
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. stated “An important part of the mass meetings were the freedom songs. In a sense the freedom songs are the soul of the movement. They are more than just incantations of clever phrases designed to invigorate a campaign; they are as old as the history of the Negro in America. ‘We shall overcome, black and white together, we shall overcome someday’ is not just a song; it is a resolve. These songs bind us together, give us courage together, help us march together.” Dr King inspired people to come together to right the wrongs that held us back as a nation. People from all walks of life joined the movement because it was the right thing to do. Congressman John Lewis, as a young man and the SNCC students helped the Movement. John Lewis told me personally, that the Freedom Songs and Spirituals not only inspired him but gave him and his fellow Freedom Riders the courage to move through their treacherous journey to be the change they wanted to see.
As a singer/songwriter/guitarist/storyteller and activist this Master Class highlights our collective human story with music intending to bring us to a better understanding of who we are, in the context of our American story. Join me in an uplifting class on the music of the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Change is inevitable, music helps us though that change and helps us together imagine our lives beyond who we are and what we know, into who we will become. (90 minutes including Q & A) Watch Channel 16 Around Fairfax TV coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m5CvzHPTtY
MASTER CLASS Music For Social Wellbeing - This Master Class uses music and storytelling to bring people together, to re-engage and uplift our shared humanity in our communities. Simply put, helping us get reacquainted with our neighbors again after the long COVID isolation. Music selections are chosen from our very diverse American Songbook from Spirituals to Rock & Roll. Something for everyone to sing along to.
Music and feeling like a community again, helps us cope with the current endless volatile news cycles of painful circumstances around the world. Taking charge of the narrative in our own heads to live our best life, and finding compassion for others experiencing pain and grief. Singing soothing songs for the soul together as a community reminds us of the importance of our shared joy, hope and believing again in the possibilities we choose to imagine for our lives. Calvin guides the Master-Class with singing and storytelling in a fun and joyful gathering. (90 minutes including Q & A)
ALL MASTER CLASSES - can also be adapted, designed and personalized for ZOOM.
If you would like to book a performance for your public or private event or a TV or radio show appearance, please contact my booking staff by filling out the form below. These Master Classes are also perfect for your Black History Month programing and celebrations.
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