Education

The Special Consensus tours year-round nationally and internationally. In 1984, the band created the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce students of all ages (and teachers) to bluegrass music, our own truly American born form of traditional music.

The Special Consensus has presented the TAM Program in hundreds of schools throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and South America since developing the program. The presentation is adapted to reach all age groups, from pre-school and kindergarten to middle school, junior high, high school and college level students. Instrumental and vocal workshops are also available for music class and festival programs.

A study guide is available for downloading from this site for use by teachers in the classroom prior to the in-school presentation.

Band leader Greg Cahill is a former chairperson of the Bluegrass In The Schools Committee of the Nashville, Tennessee, based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the TAM Program of The Special Consensus has become a model program for bluegrass artists and bands interested in developing an in-school presentation. A video production of a TAM Program presentation, sponsored by the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association, was offered to bands and schools by the IBMA but was eventually replaced with the IBMA Discover Bluegrass DVD that includes demonstration of the bluegrass instruments by The Special Consensus.

Contact Maria Nadauld for further information on pricing and availability. Discount rates are available for back-to-back performances at the same location in a single half day and we can provide assistance with block booking at schools in the same region.

Maria Nadauld
Above The Bay Booking

marianadauld@pacbell.net
510/828-6961

Download School Program pdf

Arts Council Grants available for Special Consensus’ performance
Illinois Arts Council, Artstour program:

Illinois Arts Council (Artstour Program)
http://www.arts.illinois.gov/grants-programs/ArtstourLiveMusic
(312)814-6750
100 W Randolph, Suite 10-500
Chicago, IL 60601


 

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all-day Morgantown/Bean Blossom, IN @ John Hartford Memorial Festival, Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground
Morgantown/Bean Blossom, IN @ John Hartford Memorial Festival, Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground
May 31 all-day
We are so pleased to be part of this fabulous festival – can’t wait to play our John Hartford songs and to visit with his fans! Special thanks for Randy and Tom and John for[...]
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all-day Yorkville, IL @ 2019 Bluegrass Festival of Northern Illinois, Lyon Farm
Yorkville, IL @ 2019 Bluegrass Festival of Northern Illinois, Lyon Farm
Jun 1 all-day
We always support the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association and we are looking forward to being part of this annual festival.
Jun
6
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2019
all-day Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Jun 6 all-day
Although Greg has taught banjo at Midwest Banjo Camp numerous times and Dan taught bass a couple times, this is the first time Rick and Nick will also teach guitar and mandolin, making this the[...]
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7:30 pm Lansing, MI @ Elderly Instruments
Lansing, MI @ Elderly Instruments
Jun 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Banjos Live! with Ken Perlman, Joe Newberry, Greg Cahill and Gina Furtado! A fun, relaxed round-robin sort of banjo picking and story telling presentation by four members of the Midwest Banjo Camp 2019 faculty.
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7
Fri
2019
all-day Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Jun 7 all-day
Although Greg has taught banjo at Midwest Banjo Camp numerous times and Dan taught bass a couple times, this is the first time Rick and Nick will also teach guitar and mandolin, making this the[...]
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