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Volume 24, Number 4 — April 2017

Arts Calendar

Teaching on The Crooked Road course offered at WCC

Date(s):  January 21 - May 20, 2017
Venue: Wytheville Community College
1000 E. Main St.
Wytheville, VA 24382

WYTHEVILLE, VA — The rich history and musical traditions of Southwest Virginia are examined in a Wytheville Community College course designed to provide K-12 teachers with the materials and methods they need to incorporate "The Crooked Road" into their lesson plans. This will be a hybrid course involving both in-class and online instruction.

"'Teaching on The Crooked Road' presents a forum to encourage teachers to highlight the rich traditions of Southwest Virginia in the classroom," said Jonathan Romeo, program manager for The Crooked Road. "This is an opportunity for teachers to develop a better understanding of the region's history and how it can become a valuable learning tool."

Teaching on the Crooked Road will be taught by David Winship, a retired public school teacher and former curator/education Director for Bristol's Birthplace of Country Music. Winship developed the Living Legacies program of the BCM for the Library of Congress Folklife Collection and has provided the Smithsonian Institution with traditional music materials.

The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail supports tourism and economic development in Southwest Virginia by celebrating and preserving this Appalachian region's unique musical and cultural heritage. The Trail itself covers 330 miles and connects Rocky Mount in Franklin County to Breaks Interstate Park in Dickenson County.

The class meets on the third Saturday of the beginning months of 2017 (January through May) from 1 9 p.m. at Wytheville Community College and will include attendance at WCC's Old Time and Bluegrass Jamboree from 7 9 p.m. There will be one Saturday field trip to the two country music museums in Bristol and the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA. The cost is $225.

Music instruction is not a core element of the course and it is not necessary to play an instrument to participate. This course is offered through Wytheville Community College Workforce Development. For further information, contact Perry Hughes, Director, Workforce Development, at or 276.223.4757.

Topics: Classes, Music

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