Youth in Arts Music Residency

African American History and Culture through Music

In this informative and celebratory residency, students will learn about and practice music of African American culture. Beginning with the music of West Africa and tracing the evolution of melodies, artists, and lyrics over the course of American history, we will explore the songs of some of the most impactful musical and historical moments of our country with Mentor Artist Mr. Bryan.

 Ideal for grades 2-4.


Addresses national arts standards for music and Social Studies.
You will need: Your own body and voice. 
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Patrick Jones - Course author

Bryan Dyer

Voice and beginning percussion
Bryan S. Dyer is a multi-talented musician who not only sings but also plays and teaches several instruments including bass guitar, percussion, and piano. He also writes and arranges music, conducts choirs and works in television, radio, and film. A veteran of some of the Bay Area's top vocal groups including Street Sounds, SoVoSo, Slammin All Body Band, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and CHELLE! and Friends, he also performs with the Funk Revival Orchestra, Rankin Scroo and Ginger, Juke Joint and the percussion and dance ensemble Crosspulse. His musical experiences have taken him around the globe including several trips throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Jamaica, and many legendary stages including Montreaux Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York.
Bryan's talents have landed him alongside such artists as Al Green, Bobby McFerrin, Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the soundtrack for the movie "La Mission" with Benjamin Bratt, and recording and performing with Huey Lewis and The News to name a few. He is also a member of the Recording Academy and a voting member of The Grammy Awards.