Volney Elementary School fourth grade classes were treated to a special guest visitor recently. Linda Russell from the New York Council for the Humanities presented a special speaker in the schools presentation all about colonial life.
The students are studying the colonial period as part of the fourth grade social studies curriculum.
Dressed in period costume, Russell also brought with her several Early American style instruments and shared with the students the importance that music played in Colonial life.
Music was used in religious worship, provided entertainment, lullabies to soothe children to sleep, and was used to communicate in battle and at work.
Songs were used to provide synchronization for workers to pull together in rhythm, and troops in battle used different tunes to signal military maneuvers.
Music was also used to spread news through town criers, in taverns and by word of mouth.
Russell brought several period instruments to share with the students who eagerly took their turn strumming or shaking the gadgets.
She sang songs that told about the history of the time and what life was like then in the early years of the nation.