The Old-Time Herald Volume 9, Number 2

Feature

Breakin’ Up Christmas!—
The Curriculum, Music, and Community Project in North Carolina

By Ken Jackson

North Carolina’s four year old Curriculum, Music, and Community project seeks to mine North Carolina’s rich musical heritage to enliven the state’s public school curriculum. The article focuses on how the project has been working in several NC schools. A highlight of the story looks at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Low Gap, in the fabled “Round Peak” neighborhood. There fourth graders interviewed family members about their memories of Christmases past, planned an old-fashioned breakin’ up Christmas party and invited a local band, the Smokey Valley Boys, to play the music for the dance.

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