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Carolina Music Ways offers North Carolina's only school assembly show focused on the state's diverse musical heritage: the 50-minute Carolina Live!–Our Musical History. This show, with its variety and high caliber of music, really "wows" the students, many of whom are experiencing their first live musical performance.


Age Range:
3rd - 12th grade
Available to:
schools in North Carolina
8 total (5 musicians, 2 singers, 1 narrator)
12 total (with Moravian Brass Quartet)
Music Styles:
jazz, bluegrass, blues, gospel, old-time stringband, rhythm & blues, and Moravian brass
(Click here for PDF with more information.)
musical revue and history lesson with songs of North Carolina music greats John Coltrane, Doc Watson, Blind Boy Fuller, Shirley Caesar, Tommy Jarrell, the "5" Royales, and the Salem Band
(Click here for PDF with more information on these music greats. To dig deeper into the musical history of the time period in which they lived, click here for PDF.)
Message to Kids:
music is connected to history, pursue music, do your best, have pride in North Carolina, follow in the footsteps of North Carolina's great musicians
sing-alongs, slideshow, audience member contest
Music Class Visit:
Bassist Matt Kendrick visits with the music class after the show.
Easy on Schools:
Our technical director supplies audio/visual equipment and requires minimal assistance.
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*The show is aligned with State and Common Core Standards for Music, Social Studies, and Language Arts.


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For complete information about our cast, please click here.

Matt Kendrick (Musical Director, bassist)
Double bassist and composer Matt Kendrick is one of North Carolina's most respected jazz artists. A two time recipient of the North Carolina Jazz Fellowship, he leads his own groups and teaches music at Wake Forest University.
Ron Stacker Thompson (Host)
A faculty member in Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ron Thompson has extensive professional experience on stage and screen.
Debbie Gitlin (fiddle/banjo)
Debbie Gitlin has won over 100 first-place prizes at bluegrass and old-time stringband competitions around the Southeast. She received her classical training in viola at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Wiley Porter (guitar)
A professional musician for the last 40 years, Wiley Porter has performed for the past six presidents and has backed up greats such as Barbara Streisand and Michael Jackson.
Joe Robinson (trumpet)
Joe Robinson, named a "North Carolina living legend," headlines jazz and blues performances in the Triad and around the state and has backed up some of the biggest names in jazz. He attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Karon Click (vocals)
Karon Click is a versatile performer who sings traditional and contemporary blues, jazz, bluegrass, as well as American songbook standards. Click studied music as Wake Forest University. Her ensemble, "Karon Click and the Hot Licks," entertains audiences around the Triad.
Diana Tuffin (vocals)
Diana Tuffin is a vocalist specializing in jazz, R&B, and gospel. She sings in commercial venues throughout the Triad and southeast, as well as in places of worship. A music educator, she is a vocal instructor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Community Music School.
Moravian Brass Quartet:
This quartet, arranged especially for this show, features some of the finest professional brass performers in the Southeast, including Anita Cirba, principal trumpet for both the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras.
Jo Daniels (Technical Director)
Jo Daniels is the CEO of Vision Digital Projects, a production company specializing in live music and theater productions. He is also a performing jazz, R&B, and reggae musician with years of experience in music production and recording.
Elizabeth Carlson, Ed.M. (Script and Curriculum Writer)
Elizabeth Carlson is an elementary school educator who has taught at many grade levels and holds degrees from Princeton University (American Studies/English) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Language and Literacy). Her research into North Carolina's musical heritage inspired her to write the script and classroom curriculum.
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