The Jennifer Spears
Educational Outreach Resource Center
From the Director
Director, New Harmony Music Festival & School
Board Member, New Harmony Artists Guild
Our Current Program
Abraham Lincoln Shorts with host, Chris Vallillo
Example Video: Lesson 1 (Descriptions and links to all video lessons below)
LESSON 1: Lincoln’s time as a boy in Kentucky and the exuberance of the young nation through a song Lincoln himself knew and loved, El-E-Noy.
LESSON 2: Lincoln’s time as a young man in Southern Indiana, his experiences working as a deckhand on on a flatboat, and the song Shawneetown.
LESSON 3: Lincoln’s time as a circuit riding lawyer in the 1830’s, the Jaw Harp and Lincoln, and a song he used to perform on jaw harp, Hoosen Johnny.
LESSON 4: Lincoln’s early days in Springfield, meeting Mary Todd at a dance there in 1840, and an 1880 hammer dulcimer dulcimer from rural Illinois.
LESSON 5: Lincoln’s early attempts to address the national issue of slavery, his feelings on slavery, and the abolitionist song Darlin’ Nelly Grey.
LESSON 6: Lincoln’s move into politics, The Lincoln/Douglas debates, songs from his 1860 campaign including Old Abe Lincoln and Lincoln and Liberty.
LESSON 7: Lincoln’s early struggles with the civil war, the song We Are Coming Father Abra’m, and that song’s connection to the Gettysburg Address.
LESSON 8: Lincoln’s love and use of music, and the South’s musical call to arms “Dixie”, ironically enough, one of Lincoln’s favorite songs too!
LESSON 9: Introduces slide guitar, it’s evolution from a slave instrument called a “Didley Stick” and a slide performance of Hard Times Come Again No More.
LESSON 10: Wraps up the series discussing the creativeprocess of writing a show and shares insights into Lincoln through Let The Band Play Dixie.