To invite Tom to your school for an assembly, click this link to visit Gateway to the Arts:
"Students do not have this type of experience in their lives. Bringing talented musicians (and others in the arts) to them in this manner is invaluable to a well-rounded life." – Megan Keller Wysoci, Teacher, McMurray Elementary School
School Assembly Programs:
Program: Western Pennsylvania: The Region That Built America
Program Description: Songwriter-recording artist Tom Breiding delivers unique musical stories of life in Pittsburgh and town in Western Pennsylvania over the last century. From the forgotten steel mills to the countless coaltowns and to points in between, Tom shares his original compositions and traditional folktales. Playing guitar, banjo, and harmonica, he captivates students while they learn about this region's key role in building and shaping America and about various musical genres, emphasizing the importance of American folk music.
View the teacher guide for Western Pennsylvania: The Region that built America click this link: http://www.gatewaytothearts.org/images/stories/Documents/Breiding%20Steeltown.pdf
"[Students] could see a connection between history - community and their own families." – Kay Tudor, Valley Senior High School
Program: Unbroken Circle: Songs of the WV Coalfields
Program Description: Songwriter-recording artist Tom Breiding's unique musical stories tell of life in the coalfields of West Virginia over the last century. Accompanying himself on multiple instruments, Tom engages students in the history of West Virginia's coal industry, including early life in the coalfields, the struggles of the miners to earn a fair wage. Various American musical genres, including Appalachian folk music, are featured. Students gain perspective on the significance of these events in shaping today's work climate throughout America.
To view the teachers' guide for The Unbroken Circle click this link: http://www.gatewaytothearts.org/images/stories/Documents/Breiding%20The%20Unbroken%20Circle.pdf