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Class Notes Concerts Preview: Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn LeaPaul Vienneau

October 18, 2021

Welcome to Class Notes Concerts!

After a year of Virtual Class Notes Concerts, YourClassical MPR is returning to the classroom with In-Person School Visits and Live Virtual Concerts. 

Each year, YourClassical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of music.

For more information on booking a concert, check out our Class Notes Concerts 2021-2022 Artist Menu or contact classnotes@mpr.org.

In the coming weeks, we will publish a Class Notes Concert Preview for each artist or ensemble. Find each preview on the YourClassical Music Lessons Page.

These previews will feature:

  • Audio and video of each ensemble/artist to use in the classroom or enjoy on your own.

  • Ideas, information, and activities to prepare students for an in-person concert or a Live Virtual Field Trip. This information can also be used as a reinforcement tool after students experience an in-person/live virtual concert or as a classroom resource. 

This Class Notes Concert preview features Gaelynn Lea.

1. Gaelynn Lea is a singer, songwriter, and fiddle player from Duluth, MN. In this introductory video, she talks a little bit about her disability, and how she uses accommodations to play her instrument.

Follow up questions:

  • What does it mean to “play by ear”?

  • What is the difference between a fiddle and a violin?

2. Gaelynn wants to sing a partner song with you! In this next video, she will help you sing a duet with her.

3. In Bird Song, you might have noticed Gaelynn created some layers of sound with her fiddle. She uses a looping pedal to do that. In the next video, she will explain how a looping pedal works.

4. Watch and listen to one final piece, composed by Gaelynn Lea. It features the looping pedal. Several years ago, Gaelynn won a famous contest with this song. You can learn more about that here Gaelynn also recently got asked to write music for a famous play on Broadway. You can learn more about that here.

5. Find further activities and lessons connected to Gaelynn Lea and her music in this curriculum and this set of lesson plans.

Gaelynn Lea: Curriculum

Gaelynn Lea: Lesson Plan

6. Want to learn more about Gaelynn Lea and her music? Book an in-person or Live Virtual Class Notes Concerts here, or contact classnotes@mpr.org for more information.