Below are brief descriptions of the school programming available with the Henhouse Prowlers.   Note that these are just suggestions and that the band can work programming to fit the curriculum of classes from gradeschools to universities.  The ages and size of the groups impact how deeply the band will address various topics. A younger group will focus more on interacting with the band and singing, keeping it fun and engaging, while an older group will allow deeper discussion and demonstrations of concepts.

Common Chords - Folk Music Around the World

Ideal for large groups

Group Size: Flexible - 20 to 500+ students

Time: Flexible - On average 30 minute to 1 hour

Space: Best Suited for an Auditorium

Relates to - Language, Geography, Music, Political Science, History, Sociology + more.

The Henhouse Prowlers have played music in 24 countries and that number goes up every year.  Whether it’s touring Europe in clubs and at festivals or working with the US State Department on cultural diplomacy programs, the band has found profound commonality with people from different cultures through music.   From performing Qawwali music in Pakistan to West African Hip Hop in Nigeria to traditional Tatar songs in Siberia to Bluegrass in America, every culture has ‘music of the folk’ that courses through the minds of its people.  Through these interactions with musicians and music fans across the globe, an understanding that people have a whole lot more in common than music (despite our differences) becomes evident quickly.  This workshop can be aided by a projector for the band to share some of the many videos and photos from their adventures. Full band typically performs 2-3 full international tunes as part of this interactive format.    


Bluegrass Music Workshop for Students (without instruments)

Ideal for large groups

Group Size: Flexible - 20 to 500+ students

Time: Flexible - On average 30 minute to 1 hour

Space: Best Suited for an Auditorium

Relates to - Music, Math, History, Ethnomuicology + more.

This program will cover the history of bluegrass and how its roots represent a time in America when people from all over the world were immigrating to the US. The band touches on the history of each instrument alongside the techniques used (eg. violin or fiddle). A section on vocal harmonies and using voices as an instrument is also included. The Prowlers will split the room into sections and demonstrate how to accent beats to make the ‘bluegrass sound,’ all while demonstrating how the band creates rhythm without drums. A section of the program will focus on the storytelling aspect of bluegrass and folk music in general, encouraging the students to think about writing their own songs. Throughout the allotted time, music will be used to demonstrate each concept and the band will teach the students songs to sing and clap along. Full band typically performs 2-3 full tunes as part of this interactive format.    


Bluegrass Music Workshop for Music students (with instruments)

Ideal for music students - including orchestra, jazz or chamber groups

Group Size: Small to medium - 4 to 50 students

Time: Flexible - On average 45 minutes to 90 minutes

Space: Classroom or Auditorium  

Relates to Music, History, Performance, Ethnomusicology + more.

Music can be provided ahead of time for this workshop, but the ultimate goal is to demonstrate the ability of play music without it. The band will talk briefly about the basic concepts of the genre and then break off into groups, focusing on things like rhythm/accompaniment, songwriting, improvisation and/or arrangement. This kind of workshop is best supported by connecting the classroom teacher to the Prowlers prior to provide an idea of where the students are musically and discuss opportunities to enhance their skills.The primary goal is to inspire the students to want to make and create music on their own.  Depending on the level of the students, it’s often possible to write an entire song by then end of a workshop. (Note:  Students do NOT have to play bluegrass instruments for this class.)

 

Music Business:  How to Build a Band and Make a Living Playing Music

Ideal for musicians and music students - including orchestra, jazz, folk or chamber groups

Group Size: Small to medium - 4 to 50 students

Time: Flexible - On average 45 minutes to 90 minutes

Space: Classroom or Auditorium  

Relates to - Music, Business, Performance, Ethics, Sociology + more.

The Henhouse Prowlers have been a fully functioning and touring band for more than 13 years.  While the industry continues to change on both a macro and micro level, getting started on the right foot has never been more important.  This class covers everything from promotion and finances to tips on how to get along on two month international tours.  Being a life-long musician has its challenges, but it's more possible than ever if you're well prepared for the realities of life on the road (and at home).