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Join Education staff and K-12 teachers from across the DMV to explore the many connections between STEAM and the history of George Washington’s Mount Vernon through 18th century musical performances and a closer look at colonial instruments.

Teachers who register must be planning to teach in a formal K-12 school environment in the Greater Washington D.C. area for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year.

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Integrate History & Steam Concepts

Join us to hear the songs and melodies of the 18th century performed by two of the founders of The Colonial Music Institute, Dr. David and Ginger Hildebrand. During the workshop, we will also take a closer look at 18th century instruments and discuss the STEAM-work that went into music making in the 18th century.

Gain confidence in integrating history and STEAM concepts in an interdisciplinary context to support student learning while building a network of local peers. Attend with a teaching partner or collaborative team to design learning experiences to take back to your classroom, department, grade level, and/or school.

Registration Details

  • Teachers must be planning to teacher in a K-12 formal school setting in the Greater Washington, D.C. area for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. 
  • Priority will be given to teachers and/or coordinators working in Title 1 schools.
  • We highly recommend attending with a teaching partner or collaborative team.
  • Each workshop is limited to 40 teachers.
  • A waitlist will be made available after registration meets full capacity.

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Dr. David and Ginger Hildebrand

David and Ginger specialize in researching, recording, and performing early American music. They concertize regularly, mostly in the eastern half of the country, also offering teacher workshops, children's programs and consulting on special projects. They have been a part of the George Washington Teacher Institute since it started in 1999 and have together presented over 65 times to attendees of this program. They founded the Colonial Music Institute in 1999 - an online compendium of research resources and teaching aids, which they donated in its entirety to Mount Vernon in 2019. Among other PBS soundtracks, the Hildebrands produced that for Rediscovering George Washington, based on Richard Brookhiser's book, Among their 7 CD recordings is "George Washington: Music of the First President," released in 1999. Ginger holds an M.M. in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory; David's M.A. and Ph.D., both in musicology, are from George Washington University and Catholic University. An author for Johns Hopkins University Press, David's book Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period to the Age of Radio was published in September, 2017. Ginger teaches privately at the Severn School, and David is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

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Workshop made possible through the generous support of Battelle

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