Folk Song Remix

This activity offers a creative way to interact with favorite folk songs. Follow these directions to tap into familiar folk songs and give them your own, unique spin by remixing them!
Supplies
Pencil, paper, optional phone for recording, optional computer for bonus activities.
Acknowledgements

Thanks to the American Folklife Center Archive Challenge | Photo and activity design by Taylor D. Burden.

Music is part of everyone’s culture. The songs associated with each person’s culture are called folk songs. These traditional songs are part of everyday life and pass along from one generation to the next, one person to another. Folk songs take many forms, from children’s game songs such as “Duck, Duck, Goose” to story songs like the Mexican ballads known as corridos. When thinking about folk songs in your life, start with bedtime songs or songs you hear during special holidays. In a time of pandemic, isolation can feel lonely. Since you can’t sing “Happy Birthday” at your friends’ birthday parties or hear a grandparent sing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” after a family meal, here is a creative way to interact with favorite folk songs. Follow these directions to tap into familiar folk songs and give them your own, unique spin by remixing them!