Music & History

Many-Strings provides educational programs for adults, families, and students. We are vetted musicians and educators on the City of San Diego and San Diego County list of performers. We regularly perform for libraries, OASIS, community centers and retirement communities.

  • History Through Music: Live Concerts and Programs:
    • America's First Songs and Ballads
    • Love and Life in American Folk Music
    • Songs from the Wild West
    • Life on the Tracks: Train Songs
    • Celtic Songs and Ballads 
    • Music from Molly's San Diego Tavern: 1800's
    • Ships, Islands, and Pirates: A Treasure Chest 
    • Music from Shady Grove: American Roots: Courting and Ragamuffins!
    • The World in Music
    • San Diego History Through Music
    • California's History Through Music
    • United States History Through Music
    • Thanksgiving Notes: Melodies from the Pilgrims, colonial American, and more
    • Honoring our Veterans: A Live Music Show with Historical Music
    • A Hanukkah Celebration
  • Additional Live Shows, with a sing along option
    • St. Patrick's Day Folk Music
    • The Beatles
    • Folk Music of the Peter, Paul and Mary Era
    • 4th of July: Songs for Independence 
    • Christmas
  • Music Appreciation (1 hr.presentations)
    • The Evolution of Western Music: 600 Years in 60 Minutes
    • The Music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
    • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: The Music and its Sonnet
    • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
    • The Music of George Fredrick Handel
    • Mozart: The Boy Wonder, his Music and Constance
    • Mozart: The Concertos
    • The World and Music of Ludwig Van Beethoven
    • Robert and Clara Schumann: German Romantic Genius
    • Brahms: Romantic and Classical
    • Classical Music Inspired by the Mountains: Strauss and Hovhaness
    • Classical Music: Holst's "The Planets" and Science
    • Smetana and Dvorak: Czech Creativity, Bohemia and the New World
    • Camille Saint-Saens: Lucious French Perfection 
    • Ravel: The Expressive and Romantic French Master
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: The Russian Master
    • The Music and History of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
    • The Music of Tchaikovsky
    • A Musical Garden of Delights
    • Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
    • Debussy: French Impressions
    • Grieg Is Norway
    • Rachmaninoff: Profound and Romantic
    • Ralph Vaughn Williams: An English Delight
    • American Creativity: Grofe and Gershwin
    • The Music of Aaron Copland: An American Original
    • The American Musical: Love and Drama in Camelot, the Wild West and Siam
    • American Drama: Maria, Tony, Porgy and Bess
    • Orchestral Music for the Movies
    • The Music of John Williams
    • The Lute, Mandolin and Guitar in the Classical World
    • The Classical Piano: Charming, Dramatic, and much more!
    • The Harp: Ancient and Modern Beauty
    • Music Inspired by Fairy Tales
    • Animals in Music: Classical and Folk Motifs
    • North American Native American Music: Painting the Sky
    • Jazz: Exceptional Creativity
    • Jazzy Vibes and Hammonds
    • The Blues: 100 Years
    • American Folk Music: From the Colonies to the Beatnik Coffee House
    • Celtic Folk Traditions
    • The Hammered Dulcimer: Enchanting, Mystical, and Lovely
    • Country Music: America's Soul
    • Bluegrass: From the Grand Ole Opry to Southern CA
    • Music of the Violin and Fiddle: Lush Melodies and Romantic Folk Tunes
    • Heroic and Lovely Orchestral Music
  • Popular Music
    • Catch the Wave: The History of Surf Music
    • Little Surfer Girl Meets Eleanor Rigby: Rock's Golden Era
    • Celebrating Music by LGBTQ Artists
  •  Experiencing Music
    • Music and Meditation
    • Music for Reflection (1, 2, and 3)
    • Experiencing Music Through Percussion: From the Renaissance to Jazz
    • October Music: Scary Tunes, Drumming, Singing, Poetry, and More!
  • Guitar Classes
    • Beginning Guitar
    • The Guitar Circle
    • Slow Jam Events
  • Jamie also provides hammered dulcimer lessons. Please contact her at chris@many-strings.com for this wonderful musical experience.
  • Chris offers private guitar and keyboard lessons. Please contact him at chris@many-strings.com.

Click here to view or download historical document from Sam Hinton: "Singing Through American History," which contains primary source information regarding music and United States history.

Click here to view, download, or print the Musical Information for Parents PDF