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- Aginsky, Yasha. Les Blues de Balfa. 1983. A portrait of Southwestern Louisana's Balfa Brothers, ambassadors of traditional Cajun music to the world. Filmed in Louisiana between 1978 and 1981, the film focuses on the surviving brother fiddler Dewey Balfa and his efforts to continue playing and performing his family's traditional music after the sudden death of his brothers Rodney and Will. Stream free at folkstreams 26 minutes.
Aginsky, Yasha. Cajun Visits: Visites Cajuns. 1983. Fiddlers Denis McGee, Wallace "Cheese" Read, Canray Fontenot, accordionists Leopold Francois and Robert Jardell, are visited by musicians Jeanie McLerie and Dewey Balfa. Each tells stories about the role of music in his life and performs a favorite song. Stream free at folkstreams. 28 minutes.
Ancelet, Barry Jean, with photographs
by Elemore Morgan, Jr. Cajun and Creole Music Makers. University
Press of Mississippi, 1999. Revised edition of 1984 book, which includes
interviews with many musicians. Includes discussions of influences and
learning traditions. French and English text. Color photographs.
- Ancelet, Barry. Cajun Music: Its
Origins and Development. Center for Louisiana Studies at the
University of Louisiana-Lafayette, 1989. Fifty-eight page survey of
development of Cajun music through the 1980s. Lyrics to a number of
songs, photographs, and a reference discography are included.
- ArtsEdge. Gulf Coast Highway In a series of audio clips, lesson plans sample the musical diversity of the Gulf Coast. The podcast include a wonderful variety of music and conversations with musicians like Marcia Ball and Beausoleil.
- Baskerville, David. Music Business
Handbook and Career Guide. The Sherwood Co., 1990. A comprehensive
presentation of songwriting, publishing, copyright, artist management,
theater promotion, merchandising, and arts administration. Contains a
useful guide to various resources in the music business.
- Bennett, John Price. Rhythmic
Activities and Dance. Human Kinetics, 1995. Suggests rhythm and
dance activities for children.
- Bial, Raymond. Cajun Home.
Illus. with photographs by the author. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Photographs of rural Cajuns during the first half of the 20th
century in this book for younger students.
- The Bill Moyers Collection. Amazing
Grace with Bill Moyers. 1992. Video. Across time, oceans and
cultures, "Amazing Grace" has endured as one of the most popular pieces
of music in the English language. It inspired the journalist Bill Moyers to tell the story of this song through
people who have sung it. Featured are The Boys Choir of Harlem,
Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, and many others, who reveal the power the
song has had in their personal lives. British actor Jeremy Irons, speaks from the writings of
the 18th century Englishman who composed the song. 1 hr 20 min, PBS
Shop. Stream a free 10-minute excerpt at folkstreams.
- Blank, Les. Always For Pleasure.
Flower Films, 1978. Portraits of New Orleans' street
celebrations, include second-line parades, Mardi Gras, and jazz
funerals. 58 minutes.
- Blank, Les. Dry Wood. Flower Films, 1973. A glimpse into the life, food, and Mardi Gras celebrations of Black Creoles in French Louisiana, featuring the stories and music of "Bois Sec" Ardoin and Canray Fontenot. Stream free at folkstreams. 37 minutes.
- Blank, Les. J'ai Été Au Bal (I
Went to the Dance). Flower Films, 1989. History of music of southwest
French Louisiana. 84 minutes.
Bowling, M.J. and Jerald B. Harkness. Steppin'. 1992.This film on the step show, popular among black fraternities and sororities, examines the cultural roots of stepping in African dancing, military marching, and hip-hop music. Stream free at folkstreams. 55 minutes.
Bowman, Paddy and Marsha Weiner. Bullfrog Jumped Children's Folksongs Learning Guide . [http://www.alabamafolklife.org/content/bullfrog-classroom] Alabama Folklife Association, 2007. This online guide includes audio clips of children's songs recorded in 1947, some of which remain familiar to children.
Bowman, Paddy. Everyday Music Education Guide. Texas A&M Press, 2012. This multidisciplinary online guide accompanies a young readers' book (see Govenar, Alan) and invites students and teachers to consider local traditional music as an important part of community life as well as the curriculum.
Bowman, Paddy, Betty Carter, and Alan Govenar. Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide. Documentary Arts. 2011. The online version of the guide, which is based on the artistry of the NEA National Heritage Fellows, includes three Louisiana artists: Cajun weaver Gladys Clark, Mardi Gras Indian Tootie Montana, and master builder Earl Barthé of New Orleans. The guide is also found as a PDF on the National Heritage Fellowships 30th Anniversary DVD-Rom, free under "Publications". The DVD-Rom features 18 Louisiana musicians and craftspeople who have won the nation's highest honor for traditional artists.
- Broven, John. Rhythm & Blues in
New Orleans. Pelican Publishing, 1983. Comprehensive history
documenting the rise and development of New Orleans R&B.
- Broven, John. South to Louisiana:
The Music of the Cajun Bayous. Pelican Publishing, 1983. History of
Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, and New Orleans music.
- Brunvand, Jan Harold. Chapter 16: "Folk
Dances and Dramas," The Study of American Folklore: An
Introduction. 4th ed. W.W. Norton & Company, 1998.
Full discussion, with examples, of folk dances and dramas.
- Brunvand, Jan Harold. [Chapter 3, "Folk
Groups,"] The Study of American Folklore: An Introduction.
4th ed. W.W. Norton & Company, 1998. A discussion of
different kinds of folk groups and their shared traditions and customs.< font>
- Campbell, Patricia Shehan. Songs in
Their Heads: Music and Its Meaning in Children's Lives. Oxford
University Press, 1998. This music-education scholar shows teachers and
parents how they can use fieldwork to research the music in children's
lives. This provides insights into how children think about music, how
schools teach music, and how we can improve music education by listening
to children. A teacher resource for all grades.
- Country Music Association. Words and Music Teachers Guide. CMA, 2009. The online guide provides practical songwriting lessons.
- Des Pres, Josquin, and Mark Landsman.
Creative Careers in Music. Allworth Press, 2000. Discusses
aspects of the music industry from a personal experience standpoint.
Covers tthe publishing business, the record
business, music industry careers, career development, and changes in the
- Doucet, Michael. Le Hoogie
Boogie. Rounder/Polygram, 1995. Cajun and zydeco music by Beausoleil
for children with French and English lyrics. Book includes chord
symbols, simple dance directions, and activities for each song.
- Doucet, Sharon Arms. Fiddle
Fever. Clarion, 2000. The story of a boy, Félix LeBlanc, who wants
to play the fiddle, but his mama forbids it. Félix disobeys and makes
his own fiddle from a cigar box.
- Evans, David. Big Road Blues:
Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues. Da Capo Press, 1982.
- Evans, Jane. Let's Dance: A Movement
Approach to Folk Dance. 2nd ed. CAN-ED Media, 1985.
Incorporates the elements of modern dance (i.e., body awareness, effort,
space awareness, relationships) into folk dance instruction. The first
part of the book deals with general instructions for teaching dance
followed by directions for 86 dances. All the music is available for
purchase from Can-Ed Media, but does not come with the booklet.
- Field, Shelly. Career Opportunities
in the Music Industry. American Library Association, 2000. Recently
revised to profile more than 86 jobs in the 21st-century
- Franks, Tillman with Robert Gentry.
Tillman Franks: I Was There When It Happened. Sweet Dreams
Publishing Company, 2000.
- Gillis, Candida. The Community as
Classroom. Heinemann, 1992. Teacher resource for encouraging
students' insight into and work with elders and community.
- Gould, Philip (Photographer), Barry
Jean Ancelet (Introduction). Cajun Music and Zydeco. More than
one hundred color photographs of the performers, dance halls, and fans.
Includes a compact disc.
- Govenar, Alan. Everyday Music. Texas A&M Press, 2012. Illustrated with many photographs evocative of local communities and traditions, this book for young readers honors local music, musicians, and culture. Online images, radio shows and an education guide (see Bowman, Paddy), augment the book.
- Lomax, Alan. Cajun Country. 1991. This documentary investigates Cajun roots in Western France, visits cattle drives, horse races, and dances in rural Louisiana. NOTE: It is strongly recommended that teachers review this film to determine its suitability for students. Stream free at folkstreams. 56 minutes.
Lomax, Alan. Jazz Parades: Feet Don't Fail Me
Now. American Patchwork, 1997. This
documentary film of music and movement from New Orleans' streets includes rehearsal of Mardi Gras Indians. NOTE: It is strongly recommended that teachers review this film to determine its suitability
in classroom settings. Screen free online at folkstreams. 60 minutes.
- Jones, Bessie and Bess Lomax Hawes. Step It Down. University of Georgia Press, 1987. This classic collection of African American children's folklore for teachers and K-8 has an accompanying CD.
- Lane, Christy, and Susan Langhout.
Multicultural Folk Dance Guide. Human Kinetics, 1998.
- Lester, Julius. The Blues Singers:
Ten Who Rocked the World. Illus. by Lisa Cohen. Jump at the
Sun/Hyperion, 2001. This book for younger students relates blues singers' contributions from
Bessie Smith to Aretha Franklin, drawing on Lester's personal experiences
with the artists.
- Lewis, William Dukes. "A Brief History of African American Marching Bands." In Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum: Performance Traditions of Historically Black College and University Marching Bands, M.A. Thesis, University of North Carolina, 2003, found at folkstreams.
- Logan, Horace, Bill Sloan, and Bill
Slogan. Elvis, Hank, and Me: Making Musical History on the Louisiana
Hayride. St. Martins Press, 1998. Recounts the history and creation
of the Louisiana Hayride, as well as profiles of country music
artists who participated.
- Louisiana Hayride: Cradle of the
Stars. Video. 1958. Old photos, film clips, radio show recordings
and interviews recounting the heydays of the Hayride, 1948-1958.
- Malone, Bill C. Country Music USA: A
Fifty-Year History. University of Texas Press, 1968.
- Malone, Jacqui. Steppin' on the
Blues: The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance. University of
Illinois Press, 1996. Examines the African influences on African
American dance performances, from slave times to Motown to marching
- Medaris, Angela Shelf, and Michael
Medaris. Dance. Twenty-First Century Books, 1997. African
American dance, borrowing heavily from dance traditions that slaves
brought to the U.S. from Africa, influences modern forms of tap and
ballet, as this cultural history reveals.
- Mire, Pat. Dance for a Chicken: The Cajun Mardi Gras. 1993. A Cajun filmmaker gives an inside look at rural Cajun Mardi Gras. Every year before Lent begins, processions of masked and costumed revelers, often on horseback, go from house to house gathering ingredients for communal gumbos in communities across rural southwest Louisiana. Stream free at folkstreams. 56 minutes.
- New Orleans Jazz Funerals From the
Inside. Hosted and narrated by Milton Batiste, with Olympia Brass
Band. New Orleans, DMJ Productions, 1995. Video. 50 minutes.
- Olivier, Rick (photographer) and Ben
Sandmel. Zydeco! University Press of Mississippi, 1999. Text by
Ben Sandmel. Traces the history of the music and draws upon interviews
with zydeco performers.
- Plater, Ormonde, Cynthia Speyrer, Rand
Speyrer, and Michael Peter Smith. Cajun Dancing. Pelican
Publishing Company, 1993. 250 photos. Guide that teaches basic and
advanced steps of Cajun dance.< font>
- Sandmel, Ben. Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans. The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2012. This lively, well-researched book serves as a bio of New Orleans as well as the legendary musician.< font>
- Santelli, Robert, Holly George-Warren, and
Jim Brown. American Roots Music. Harry N. Abrams,
- Smithsonian Folkways Tools for Teaching include an interactive jazz website plus lessons on zydeco and many other traditional music genres.< font>
- Sobel, David. Mapmaking with
Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years.
Heinemann, 1998. Sound maps are among the many useful activities and
concepts this book offers teachers of K-8.*
- Spitzer, Nicholas R. Louisiana Folklife: A Guide to the
State. Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, 1985.
- Spitzer, Nicholas R. Zydeco: Creole Music and Culture in Rural Louisiana. Center for Gulf South History and Culture. Explore African American dancehall music in French-speaking southwest Louisiana, with Dolon Carriere, Armand Ardoin, and Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin. Stream free at folkstreams. 55 minutes.
- Stearns, Marshall W. The Story of
Jazz. Oxford University Press, 1985.
- Tisserand, Michael. The Kingdom of
Zydeco. Arcade Publishing, 1998. A history of zydeco music and the
- Weikart, Phyllis S. Teaching Folk
Dance: Successful Steps. High/Scope Press, 1999. Contains ideas,
techniques, steps, and suggestions for teaching folk dance.<
- Wilson, Charles Reagan et al, Eds..
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. University of North Carolina,
1989. Features many articles on all aspects of Southern culture, including music
traditions. 1656 pgs.
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