Music & History

Many-Strings provides educational programs for adults,
families, and students. Favorites include:
  • History Through Music Live Music Programs:
    • San Diego History Through Music
    • California's History Through Music
    • United States History Through Music
    • The Music of Presidents Washington and Lincoln
    • Love and Life in American Folk Music
    • Songs from the Wild West, Cowboys, and Railroads
    • Ships, Islands, and Pirates: A Treasure Chest of Songs
    • Thanksgiving Notes: Melodies from the Pilgrims, colonial American, and more
    • Music from Shady Grove: American Roots: Love, Courting and Ragamuffins!
    • Honoring our Veterans: A Live Music Show with Historical Music
    • Music from Molly's Old Town/San Diego Tavern: 1800
    • Celtic Songs and Ballads from Shannon's Pub
  • Live Music Shows with a sing along option
    • Presidents Day
    • St. Patrick's Day-Celtic Folk Music
    • 4th of July
    • Veterans Day Music
    • Christmas
    • A Hanukkah Celebration
  • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • American Creativity: Grofe and Gershwin
    • The Music of Aaron Copland: An American Original
    • 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
    • Animals in Music: Classical and Folk Motifs
    • Jazz: Exceptional Creativity
    • 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
  • 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 (Four Editions)
    • 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.
Fall OASIS Events
  • The Beatles: Love and Life, Hooleys Pub, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12noon Sing or Listen!
  • OASIS Slow Jam: Iconic 60's Folk Songs: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct 9, Oct.23 at 1:15 Grossmont Wellness Center at 1:15 pm.
  • Catch the Wave: History of Surf Music, Tuesday Oct. 1 at 10 am Grossmont Learning Center.
  • Celtic Notes Concert by Many-Strings, Oct. 2nd at University Community Library, 6:30pm. Free!
  • OASIS Slow Jam: Seasonal and 60's Folk Songs: Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, Grossmont Wellness Center, 1:15.
  • Thanksgiving Notes: Live Music Event by Chris and Jamie, Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 1pm.
  • Holiday and Seasonal Concert/Sing A-Long in Hooleys Pub, Wed. Dec. 11th at 12 noon.
Fall La Jolla Community Center
  • Sept. 10: Animals in Classical Music, 2pm
  • Oct. 8: The Evolution of American Folk Music, From the Colonies to the Beatnik Coffee House, 2p,

Spring/Summer OASIS Events:
  • OASIS Slow Jam: Roots Americana, Mondays, 9:30-10:30 am, Grossmont Center Wellness Center, Mondays June 3-July 8th. Class # 616.
  • Little Surfer Girl Meets Eleanor Rigby, Serra Mesa Library, June 5, 1-2pm. Class #617 (Free!)
  • Classical Music Inspired by the Mountains, Grossmont Center Learning Center, June 25, 11am, Class #619.
  • Animals in Music: Classical and Folk, The Braille Institute, June 28, 10:30-11:30 am. Class 621.
  • Gorgeous Music Celebrating LGBT Artists: June 29, Mission Hills Library, 3-4pm. Class #622 (Free!)
  • Live Music Show: Music Celebrating America's Freedom and Movie! Grossmont Center Learning Center, July 3rd, 11am...Class #623
  • Celtic Folk Music: Tradition and Creativity: July 3rd, 6:30-7:30 pm at the University City Library, Free! Class #624
  • Live Music Show: Music Celebrating America's Freedom, 4S Ranch Library, July 5, at 1pm, Class #858
  • OASIS Slow Jam: Popular Tunes for Everyone: Mondays, July 15-Aug.12, Grossmont Wellness Center, 9:30-10:30 am, Class #625
  • Jazz: American Creativity!: July 16 at 11-12noon, Grossmont Learning Center, Class #626
  • Animals in Music: Classical and Folk, July 23 at 12:30 pm, (1hr), Solana Beach Library, Class #859, Free!
  • Live Concert: A Treasure Chest of Songs, The Braille Institute, July 26th at 10:30 am (1 hr.) Class #630.
  • All Together Now: Beatles' Sing or Listen: University City Library, Aug. 7th at 6:30 pm (1 hr), Class #634, Free!
  • Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (Classical Music, Paris, and Art), Aug. 15th at 11am (1hr), Grossmont Center Learning Center, Class #635
  • Celtic Folk Music: Tradition and Creativity: Ocean Beach Libray Aug. 24th at 2pm. 


Winter/Spring Music Events:

OASIS San Diego
  • Animals in Classical and Folk Music: Music Appreciation and Sing A-Long, 4S Ranch Library, 12 noon on Jan. 26. Free!
  • The Evolution of Rock n/Roll, Jan. 30 at 11 am, Grossmont OASIS Learning Center.
  • Celtic Slow Jam: Mondays at 9:30, Grossmont Wellness Center, Feb. 2- March 18, no class 2/18.
  • Beatles Love and Life Sing A-Long: All Together Now!: Feb. 14th at 1pm, Grossmont Learning Center.
  • The Music of Presidents Washington and Lincoln: A Live Show, Feb. 21 at 11am, Grossmont Learning Center, Grossmont Mall.
  • Many-Strings Celtic Notes Concert: Braille Institute, March 1st. Free! 10:30 am.
  • Many-Strings Celtic Notes Concert at Hooley's Irish pub, Grossmont Center, Match 11th at 12 noon, Hooleys Grossmont Mall. Free!
  • The Creativity of Celtic Music: March 12, at 1pm, Grossmont Learning Center, Grossmont Mall
  • Easy Beatles Slow Jam: Mondays at 9:30, April 1-April 22. Please bring Beatles Complete for Easy Guitar (library or purchase.)
  • Live Show: The Music of Molly's Old Town (San Diego) Tavern, April 19 at 10:30 am at The Braille Institute, open to the general public. La Jolla, easy parking at the Institute.
  • Live Show: The Music of Molly's Old Town (San Diego) Tavern, Grossmont Center Performance Stage, April 24, 11am

Bankers Life Music Appreciation Series: La Jolla Community Center, sponsored by Bassie Kanon
  • Music Appreciation: Renaissance Music, Jan. 8th at 2 pm.
  • Music Appreciation: Vivaldi's Four Seasons: The Music and the Sonnet, Feb. 12, 2pm.
  • Music Appreciation: The Creativity and Diversity of Celtic Music, March 12, at 3:30
  • Music Appreciation: Mozart, The Boy Wonder and His Concertos. April 12 at 2pm.
  • Music Appreciation: The Creativity of John Williams, May 14th at 2pm.
  • Music Appreciation: Mussorgsky's Pictures at the Exhibition, June 14 at 2pm.




Fall' OASIS Music Events
  • Easy Beatles Slow Jam, Mondays 9:30-10:30 am, Sept. 17th to Oct. 22nd. Please purchase The Beatles Complete for Easy Guitar for this super fun event. Bring your guitar, banjo, voice, etc. Just for the enjoyment of great tunes. Grossmont OASIS Wellness Center. Class#510
  • The Evolution of American Folk Music: from the Colonies to the Beatnik Coffee House: Friday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 am, at the Braille Institute, La Jolla (open to the general public.) Class #516
  • The Music of George Fredrick Handel: Wednesday, Oct. 10th at 11am, Grossmont OASIS Lecture Hall.Class#519
  • Winter-Holiday Slow Jam: Just for fun! Mondays, Nov. 5th to Dec. 10, at 9:30 am, OASIS Grossmont Center Wellness location. All string instruments and vocalists are invited.Class#521
  • The Evolution of American Folk Music: from the Colonies to the Beatnik Coffee House: Tuesday, Nov. 6th at 1pm at the Grossmont OASIS Concert Hall.Class#517
  • The Music of Tchaikovsky: Friday, Nov. 9th at 10:30, at the Braille Institute. Open to the general public. Class#523
  • Thanksgiving Notes: The music of the Colonies and America's musical celebration of Thanksgiving. Music and History. Tuesday, Nov. 20th, at 11am in the OASIS Grossmont Concert Hall. Class#526
  • A Renaissance Christmas: Many-Strings concert. Hammered dulcimer and guitar. Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11am. Grossmont Learning Center, Class#527
  • Holiday Favorites Sing Along, Dec. 13th at the Rancho Bernardo Library at 1pm. A free event thanks to the "Friends of the Library."Class#822

Bankers Life Music Appreciation Series: La Jolla Community Center, sponsored by Bassie Kanon
  • Jazz: American Creativity Front and Center. April 19, at 3pm
  • 600 Years of Music in 60 Minutes: The Evolution of Classical Music, May 8th at 3pm.
  • Orchestral Music for the Movies: June 12th at 3pm.
  • The Music of Aaron Copland: An Exceptional American Composer, July 10th at 3pm.
  • The 1812 Overture: Music and History, Aug. 14th at 3pm
  • Grofe and Gershwin: the Ultimate Collaboration, Sept. 11th at 3pm.

History of California Through Music: live music performance: San Diego History Center-SDUSD's "School in the Park" program. January-June.

Santee Library Music Series
  • Jazz: American Creativity, Front and Center, April 4th at 9am
  • Grofe and Gershwin, May 11th at 10 am
  • The Music of Aaron Copland, June 9th at 1pm.
  • The Evolution of Classical Music, September, 5th at 9am.
  • San Diego History Through Music: A live music show: Oct. 26th at 10 am.
  • American Folk Music and the American Military Experience, Nov. 10th at 1pm.

Summer OASIS Music Events
  • Music and Meditation, an OASIS Braille Institute Private Event, May 18th
  • Reading the Treble Clef for Folk Musicians and Beginners, Grossmont OASIS Wellness Center, 5/21-6/18, at 2:30 pm.
  • The Music of John Williams, Grossmont OASIS Lecture Hall, June 21, at 1pm.
  • OASIS Slow Jam: A Treasure Chest of Songs, June 25-Aug. 13, Grossmont OASIS Wellness Center, 2:30. Bring any string instrument or your voice!
  • A 4th of July Music Celebration with hot dogs! OASIS Learning Center, July 3rd at 11 am.
  • A 4th of July Music Celebration, Escondido's CA Center for the Arts, Studio 1, July 3rd at 2pm. (OASIS public event)
  • A 4th of July Music Celebration, Rancho Bernardo Library, and OASIS North County event, 5pm. Free thanks to the "Friends of the Library.
  • History of San Diego Through Music: A live music event, July 11 at 10:30 am. at the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon.
  • "The Roots of American Folk Music," a Many-Strings concert, hammered dulcimer and guitar. A free concert at the Mission Hills Library, thanks to the "Friends of the Library" and OASIS. July 14th at 3pm.
  • Celebrate San Diego's Birthday with cake and a concert: San Diego History Through Music, Grossmont Learning Center, July 16 at 10 am.
  • Many-Strings "Water Music" concert (hammered dulcimer and guitar), Braille Institute, private event. July 20. An OASIS event open to the public.
  • The Roots of American Folk Music, a Many-Strings concert, hammered dulcimer and guitar, Aug. 13 at 10 am at the Grossmont OASIS Learning Center.
  • Little Surfer Girl Meets Eleanor Rigby, A Music Appreciation Event at the Pt. Loma Library. Free thanks to the "Friends of the Library" and OASIS, on Aug. 15th at 1pm.
  • A Treasure Chest of Songs: A live music event at the San Marcos Historical Society, Aug. 16th at 6pm.
  • Music and Meditation at the Scripps Ranch Library, at 10 am on Aug 18. A free event thanks to "The Friends of the Library" and OASIS.
  • The Music of Tchaikovsky, at the Grossmont Learning Center, Aug. 21 at 10 am.

Bankers Life Music Appreciation Series: La Jolla Community Center, sponsored by Bassie Kanon
  • Jazz: American Creativity Front and Center. April 19, at 3pm
  • 600 Years of Music in 60 Minutes: The Evolution of Classical Music, May 8th at 3pm.
  • Orchestral Music for the Movies: June 12th at 3pm.
  • The Music of Aaron Copland: An Exceptional American Composer, July 10th at 3pm.
  • The 1812 Overture: Music and History, Aug. 14th at 3pm
  • Grofe and Gershwin: the Ultimate Collaboration, Sept. 11th at 3pm.

History of California Through Music: live music performance: San Diego History Center-SDUSD's "School in the Park" program. January-June.

Santee Library Music Series
  • Jazz: American Creativity, Front and Center, April 4th at 9am
  • Grofe and Gershwin, May 11th at 10 am
  • The Music of Aaron Copland, June 9th at 1pm.
  • The Evolution of Classical Music, September, 5th at 9am.
  • San Diego History Through Music: A live music show: Oct. 26th at 10 am.
  • American Folk Music and the American Military Experience, Nov. 10th at 1pm.


Winter/Spring OASIS Music Events:
  • Holst: The Music of the Planets, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Nature Center, Jan. 15 at 2pm
  • Celtic Slow Jam, Mondays Jan. 22-March 5th at 2:30 at the Grossmont Wellness Center. All string and folk instruments and voices are welcome.
  • The Music and World of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wed. Jan. 24 at 10 am at the OASIS Grossmont Learning Center
  • Mozart: The Boy Wonder and Constanze, Wed. Feb. 7 at 10 am at the Grossmont Learning Center
  • Jazz: The Music, Love and Life, Wed. Feb. 14th at 1pm, Grossmont Learning Center
  • The Music of Presidents Washington and Lincoln: A Live Music Show, San Marcos Historical Society at 11am on Feb. 15th
  • 600 Years of Fine Music in 60 Minutes: Sat. Feb. 17th at 1pm. a free music event thanks to the Friends of the Library!
  • Celtic Notes hammered dulcimer and guitar concert: Note Schedule change: This event is now set for April 12th at 1 pm. Celtic Notes: A Many-Strings concert, at the Grossmont Center Learning Centering.
  • The Music of the Wild West, the Railroads, and the Cowboys, A Live Music Event, Wed. Mar. 7th at 11am. San Marcos Historical Society,
  • Celtic Music Music Appreciation sampling of gorgeous music, Thursday, at 10 am, Mar. 8th at the Grossmont Learning Center
  • Beginning Guitar and Chord Review, Mondays Mar. 12- April 16 at 2:30 at the Grossmont Wellness Center
  • Celtic/ Irish/ Scottish Sing Along: Music for Saint Patrick's Day on Wed. 14, at 1pm at the Grossmont Learning Center. I'll bring lyrics.
  • Celtic Notes: A Many-Strings Concert, at the California Center for the Arts, on Thursday March 15th at 11am
  • Music and Meditation, April 6th at 1pm at the Ramona Library, a free music-wellness event thanks to the Friends of the Library
  • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wed. 18th at 10 am at the Grossmont Learning Center
  • Water Music: A Many-Strings Concert on Monday, April 30th at the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Nature Center, at 2:30 pm.



Recent OASIS and San Diego History Center classes include:

  • The Music of the Renaissance and Medieval Era
  • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Mozart: The Boy Wonder
  • The Music of Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Music: The Planets by Holst
  • Music of Tchaikovsky's Overture of 1812
  • Concert by Many-Strings: December Notes
  • Many-Strings Celtic Concert
  • Music and Meditation: Music and Mindfulness
  • A World of Percussion: OASIS Mission Valley
  • A World of Percussion and American Folk Classics
  • Seasonal Percussion
  • December Sing A-Long
  • St. Patrick's Day Sing A-Long
  • Many-Strings House Concert: The Music of the Irish and Celtic Culture: OASIS Mission Valley
  • Many-Strings House Concert: The Roots of American Folk Music, A narrated hammered dulcimer and guitar concert
  • Many-Strings Concert: The Maritime Set
  • Getting Your Guitar Ready to Play/ Selecting a Guitar
  • California History Through Music: San Diego History Center (School event, not open to the public.)
  • Educational Concert: The History of San Diego Through Music
  • Educational Concert: History of the United States Through Music
  • The Music of the American Revolution, A Sing Along Event
  • Educational Concert: The History of San Diego Through Music: San Diego History Center
  • Beginning Guitar Lessons: OASIS Mission Valley
  • Celtic Irish Slow Jam
  • The OASIS Slow Jam
  • Folk Songs for Everyone!

1) Information for schools and non-profit organizations: The fee structure for these programs is very user friendly. Please contact us for a quote.

2) School assemblies for multiple classes are also available. Three 45-minute assemblies range from $100 an hour to $250 for a morning or afternoon.

3) Lessons for the hammered dulcimer are available: $40 for 45 minute lessons. We will provide the music. Guidance will also be provided on how to tune your instrument, acquire stands, string replacement, etc.

4) Lessons for the guitar are also available: $40 for 45 minutes. We will provide the music and provide guidance on such issues as tuning, string types, using a capo, where to get your guitar repaired, etc. For teachers: we can design the perfect sequence for your classroom.

Please contact us for specific price quotes and details.


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.

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