Project Description

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The Sound of Freedom

“The Sound of Freedom” will be a virtual learning presentation via Zoom, about Africans’ experience in America and its role in creating the Blues, Jazz, and Hip Hop music genres. It will focus on African cultural elements, a focus instrument, and the historical context associated with these genres of music.

This live Zoom event will take place Saturday August 8 at 11am. Register today!

Learning goals

  • Know 3 genres of music created from the Africans’ experience in America

  • Understand the evolution of three specific African American genres of music

  • Write and perform a song from each genre

Anita Levels is a vocal artist, songwriter and producer who began singing at the age of 3 years old in Frankfurt, West Germany. Being a preacher’s kid, and a member of a musical family from New Orleans, singing and music were in her blood. She has sung in front of national and international audiences, has toured the Netherlands as the director and founder of the then-Carlow College Gospel choir, Blessed, with ethnomusicologist Dr. Portia Maultsby. She is featured in the NFL Super Bowl 50 commemorative commercial, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, and many other private and public events. Anita Levels has a Master’s Degree in Training and Development from Carlow University and believes that music should evoke the spirit of love, healing and thought. She has a plethora of original music on all streaming music platforms. Anita is also a proud mother of two girls and a potential fish (contingent on if the girls do their chores consistently). She enjoys sharing the fundamental influence of American music genres.

Be a Songwriter – Session 2

August 13 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Be a Songwriter – Session 3

August 20 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Say It with a Mosaic – session 1

August 17 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Say It with a Mosaic – session 2

August 19 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Creative Learning Rapid Response is an initiative of

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With generous financial support from

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