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Background Music
‘Flying High’; Mystic Serenade CD; traditional, adapted by Hawk Hurst.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Hawk Hurst - Storyteller - Folk Musician - Performing Artist

Programs offered at:

Festivals, Gatherings, Youth Summer Camps, Private Parties, Special Events,
Private and Public Schools, Libraries, Museums, Churches, and Adult Retreats.

Native American-style Flute Making

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Flute Making may be offered as a standard artist in residency school program or a private group (out of school) class. Under Hawk’s tutelage, the students will learn the cultural and historical background of the Native American flute. They will make a Native American style flute from river cane, mathematically calculating and mapping out the placement of the holes for their flute, burning the holes, and fashioning the rest of the instrument. They will decorate the instrument to their own personal satisfaction using prescribed techniques known to have been used on flutes several hundred years ago. They will also learn a traditional song and to create music playing their flutes. During this residency Hawk will display his collection of primitive flutes, horns, and wind instruments collected from various cultures all over the world. There is no additional fee for this traveling exhibit.

Residency Details: Best for 5th grade and up. Five (5) instructional hours are required for students to successfully craft, decorate, and learn to play the flute. With smaller groups, flutes can be completed in four (4) instructional hours. Students will craft, decorate, and learn to play their flutes. The fees for this class will vary, dependant upon the number of participants, the number of classes per day, travel expenses, and materials cost. Please Contact Hawk for any questions or for a price estimate.

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Included in each rivercane Flute Making residency, Hawk will offer ONE FREE ASSEMBLY PERFORMANCE for all of the participating students. This assembly will allow the students to hear the Cherokee legend of the First Flute; listen to some flute playing; and learn some cultural information about flutes and their valued place in traditional Native American society. This assembly also offers an opportunity to emphasize the goals and safety aspects of the residency.
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The goals of this residency are:

• Using the activity of creating flutes to teach cooperative skills, patience, and an appreciation of the values and mores of indigenous peoples.

• Allowing students to have fun while experiencing an art form that has ancient roots in the culture of the Southeastern Native American tribes.

• Reinforcing the curriculum by stressing the: Botanical elements of the activity (the rivercane itself); The history and social studies elements (i.e. who are the people who traditionally make these flutes and how and why do they make and play them); The language arts elements (i.e. storytelling and its relationship to music and the arts in general); The mathematical element (calculating the placement for the finger holes); The musical elements (hearing and learning to play a different type of musical form).

CLICK HERE to Download Flute Making Lesson Plan

CLICK HERE for more information about Rivercane Flutes

“Hawk Hurst’s flute making residency with our 5th graders has become an annual tradition at Porter-Gaud. Mr. Hurst, a storyteller and naturalist, as well as a master instrument-builder, leads our children patiently through every step as they create a high quality musical instrument using 100% natural materials. By the end of the day students are creating beautiful music from what were raw materials just hours before. As a music teacher, that is always a wonderful thing to witness. Cross-discipline connections abound as Hawk connects flute making with science/biology, history, mathematics, language arts, music, and virtues such as respect and cooperation. Our faculty consider Mr. Hurst’s program to be of such value to our students that it is scheduled at the very end of the school year, so as to be the students’ capstone project for Lower School. I cannot recommend Hawk Hurst’s flute-making residency enough!”
- Todd Monsell, Lower School Head of Music, Porter-Gaud, Charleston, SC

“The students loved it, and I have received so many appreciative notes from parents. I am thrilled that this could become part of our sixth grade curriculum. You make such a difference and you leave a lasting impression. You are the easiest teacher in residence ever, by the way.”
- Farrar B. Richardson, Head of Middle School, Spartanburg Day School

“Our son, Nicholas, had such a wonderful time with Hawk Hurst this week! He came home each day with a detailed explanation of what they did and he was so very pleased with his flute. What a fun and interesting learning experience!”
- Emily, parent of 6th grade student

“Hawk Hurst led a remarkable flute-making residency at our school. With Hawk’s expert guidance, each student created an authentic, river-cane flute. The hand-made flutes turned out to be beautiful instruments with the characteristic sound of a Native American flute. The residency gave students a true, in-depth understanding of this ancestral wind instrument. Making the flutes required students to have a direct experience of the science needed to produce the sound. With a little experimentation and practice, students were excited to show me their own compositions and the melodies they could play by ear. The playing of the river-cane flutes was also a benefit to my recorder instruction later in the year. More students were able to access the lower register on the recorder more easily. Beyond the musical benefits, Hawk’s residency was a tremendous asset to our students’ development. Each day they grew in their confidence with the challenging hands-on work. They showed a high level of cooperation, respect and engagement. Hawk’s expertise in making and playing the flutes is evident in his recordings and videos, but his amazing teaching gift is his positive leadership style with students. It is a labor-intensive residency for Hawk, and the level of direct assistance to students is demanding. Through it all, he modeled respect, clear and consistent expectations and a fun sense of humor. Our students knew they had accomplished something special by the end of the residency, and they were so appreciative of Hawk’s visit. I hope many students can benefit from this opportunity.”
- Joy Hughes, Lower School Head of Music, Christ Church Episcopal, Greenville, SC
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Storytelling

Two distinct types of storytelling programs are available:
Stories & Music from the Dawn of Time and Stories for Life.

Both programs are available as artist-in-residency programs,
in-school field trips, or private group (out of school) classes.
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Stories & Music from the Dawn of Time

Hawk shares stories and music with individual classes or small groups, demonstrating a variety of storytelling techniques to the students. Highly educational, inspiring, and fun! This program dynamically bring the wonders and wisdom of ancient cultures to life. Audience participation is an integral part of each show. The stories and songs Hawk shares, offer a fresh perspective of how indigenous people came to value and respect the unique diversity of each other and the natural world around them. Also Available: Book signing opportunities with Hawk Hurst: The Story of the First Flute.

Many of his programs incorporate unique musical instruments from around the world, such as the rivercane flute, turtle-shell rattles, and beaver skin drums of North America; the gourd udu, djembe, and talking drums of West Africa; and the bullroarer of Australia. Storytelling may include: traditional legends and first hand accounts from his time spent with the First Nations people of the Cherokee, Makah, Navajo, Yoruba, and Zulu tribes; teaching stories about the origins of musical instruments, fire, and the world; personal tales from his childhood spent on a family-owned ranch in Kansas.

Stories & Music from the Dawn of Time - Residency Details

Best for Kindergarten up to Adult. This program may be offered at Schools, Libraries, Camps, and Retreats. Stories are selected with age group and class size considerations. Instructional hours can range from One (1) to Five (5). The fees for this program will vary, dependant upon the number of participants, the number of classes per day, and travel expenses. Please Contact Hawk for any questions or for a price estimate.

The goals of this residency are:

Through the art of storytelling, students will learn:
* the interactive value of the storytelling experience.
* the significance of oral traditions.
* the importance of character development in the creation of a story.
* the connection between storytelling and all other art forms.
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Click on the following links to download articles Hawk has written about storytelling

SCSN - Educational Storytelling
SCSN - Finding Your Inner Storyteller
USC Library Conference - Characters with Character That Counts

“I LOVED learning to tell stories. I never knew it could be so easy and fun.”
- Kimberly, 5th grade student

“As a teacher, I believe that learning takes place best if lessons are complimented with stories. Hawks stories go a step beyond entertaining - they have encouraged the children I teach to become storytellers, to create their own stories, and to explore the cultures from which his stories originated. As an educator, I could ask for no more!”
- Jon, Teacher, Boone, North Carolina

“Telling stories is so awesome. I can’t wait to show my family what I have learned.”
- Kwamee, 5th grade student

“I was reading folktales with my students about Native American traditions when my students began to tell the story that Hawk shared about the turtle and to sing some of the songs. It was so great to hear them retell the story.”
- Joyce, Media Specialist, Charleston, SC

“As president of several storytelling and community organizations, I have worked with Hawk on numerous occasions. He presents an accomplished, polished performance, incorporating music in with his stories, and always leaving the audience wanting more!”

- Dianne Hackworth, Professional Storyteller, Tennessee
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Gourd Musical Instrument Making and Gourd Crafts

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Instructor, Hawk Hurst has been sharing his joy of gourd crafts for nearly two decades. This class will provide each student with a chance to create a unique musical instrument or gourd craft. During the program, under Hawk’s tutelage, the students will learn the historical and cultural uses of gourds by people across the world. Students will also become familiar with botanical information. Students will clean off their gourds and then open them up using a tool called an awl. Next they will clean out the seeds and proceed to create their Udu drum, maraca, Storygourd, or gourd craft. To learn more about Gourd UDU Drums and Storygourds and see some pictures CLICK HERE.

Participants will have an opportunity to decorate their gourds with stone pigments, relying upon ancient artistic techniques developed and refined by early, Native American inhabitants of this region. The differences between petroglyphs and pictographs will be examined and students will have several of books to look through with these types of designs. Upon completion, they will be provided group and individual instruction on how to play some traditional West African and Native American songs with their maracas or drums.

During the Udu Drum or Maraca making programs, Hawk often sets up his EARTH Band Traveling Museum - a large collection of rattles, shakers, maracas, and bells from around the world. Students who finish early are encouraged to explore these items with their eyes, hands, and minds. Questions posed: What are they made from? Where did they come from? How many are made using gourds?

Gourd Residency Details: This program can be offered at schools, libraries, camps, churches, retreats, and private parties. Please see below for the number of hours required for students to successfully clean, craft, decorate, and learn to play their maracas and drums. The fees for this class will vary, dependant upon the number of participants, the number of classes per day, travel expenses, and materials cost. Please Contact Hawk for any questions or for a price estimate.

The goals of this residency are:

• Using the activity of creating musical instruments and crafts from gourds:
* to teach cooperative skills, safety.
* to share an appreciation of the values and mores of indigenous peoples.
* to have fun while experiencing an art form that is found in many different cultures.

• Reinforcing the curriculum of the young people by stressing the:
* botanical elements of the activity (i.e. what is a gourd? Pollination and life cycles).
* the history and social studies elements (who are the people who traditionally made these crafts and how and why do they make and play them).
* the language arts elements (storytelling and its relationship to musical storytelling).
* the musical elements (hearing and learning to play a different type of musical form).

Want more information about gourds? Download a free article by Steve Watts by CLICKING HERE.

“The genuine interest Hawk shows in the success of each student is remarkable. His answers to questions are thought provoking and open ended. I strongly recommend Hawk to anyone wishing to work with a gentle, wise, and professional cultural arts educator.”
- Shelton Wilder, Art Teacher, Watauga High School, Boone, NC

“I was so happy for you to teach us how to make a maraca out of a gourd. You are very funny but we learn lots of stuff. I wish you stayed at our school always.”
- Jaylyn, 2nd grade student

“The week long activities were a direct reinforcement of what we were discussing and doing in our class. The students had an excellent experience of being able to make and play their own musical instruments in a most traditional way.”
- Scott Turnmyre, Music Teacher, Ashe Central High School, Jefferson, NC

“I love my gourd drum. My parents like it because it is not too loud and I’m not doing video games whenever I play it. I think I want to grow up to be a musician.”
- Jeremy, student
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News Articles about Hawk’s Programs

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Click on the links below to read some news articles about Hawk’s Programs:

Charleston Magazine
South Carolina Storytelling
The Bluffton Today ‘07
The Bluffton Today ‘08
The Robeson Journal
The Garner News
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