Song Gems from California’s History
Karen Arlen & Nancie Kester
California is a treasure trove of authentic songs
that tie into its colorful history. Presenters will share some gems from
their book They Came Singing: Songs from California’s History.
Song materials cover nine historical periods (First People and Early
Explorers through the Gold Rush). Make your song repertoire both interesting
and relevant as you integrate traditional early songs of California with
the history of our state.
Karen Arlen and Nancie Kester, partners in Calicanto
Associates, compile and publish books, plays and CDs on California
history through song.
Their two books, They Came Singing: Songs from California’s History
and Days of Gold! Songs of the California Gold Rush, are on the California
Dept. of Education state approved list for compliance with Social Studies
and Performing Arts standards. Nancie and Karen also present teacher
workshops at state and national conferences, historical venues and school
in-services. Karen was an elementary school vocal music teacher for many
years and continues to teach piano. Nancie, who was also an also elementary
school music teacher, is on the music faculty at Diablo Valley College
and teaches piano in her home studio. Both Nancie and Karen earned an
MM with a Kodaly Emphasis from Holy Names University, Oakland.
Calicanto Associates, 510-339-2580, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.calicantoassociates.com