Ann Caldwell is a vocalist and performing artist. A native of Denmark, SC, Ann brings with her the spirits of her ancestors who lived on oak-lined dirt roads and used music as a way to commune with each other. Ann was a student of the late June Bonner, former Metropolitan Opera singer. Additionally, she is a gifted songwriter. Ann uses her guitar and songs to introduce students to meaningful writing and expression. She engages students in singing music from several historical times and genres: Jazz, Spirituals, Pop Standards, Folk and Rhythm & Blues.
Sample ELE: Captivate student interest in history through music and song! Ann teaches students about the enslaved Africans before, during, and after the Civil War. Songs and music of the times teach children how the slaves communicated with one another. Examples of activities include the capturing of Africans, Door of No Return, and Middle Passage. Students will sing songs of the time while Ann plays the African drum along with singing spirituals and coded messages in songs from the Underground Railroad.