Appalachian Music and Dance

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Appalachian Music and Dance
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151: MW 3:30 - 4:45 PM
Fall 2017
The Arts
Civic Engagement

Arts often reflect and help shape cultural norms and beliefs. In this class, we will explore how traditional music and dance forms and styles in Appalachia are integrated into local communities, paying special attention to their expression in Watauga County and neighboring areas. Through research, interviews, artistic participation, and observation, students will come to understand the European, African and Native American origins of this unique culture and how it represents in many ways the historical diversity of the American experience.

Making Local to Global Connections is at the heart of FYS ‘Roots of Appalachian Music and Dance. Students examine the cultural perspectives of Appalachia and compare and contrast them with those of other regions, including Native American (Canada and the US), Continental European, African, and Celtic cultures.  Students are exposed to a diverse group of cultures through individual research, international guest lecturers/performers, multimedia presentations and participation in international social activities on campus.  Class guests representing Appalachian, Native American [USA & Canada], Celtic, European and African cultures engage the students in performances, lectures, and workshops.  In addition students experience these cultures through video, audio, and written text. We will examine how these music and dance forms not only serve as aesthetic expression, but also perform essential social functions, such as community building, conveying society mores, and passing on traditions and values from one generation to the next.


Rebecca KeeterRebecca Keeter has enjoyed a long career as a dancer, choreographer and dance educator at Appalachian State University.  Before coming to Appalachian, she studied under master professor Mavis Rae at East Carolina University and at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Rebecca has extensive experience as a dance educator with K-12 students.   She spent many years as an Artist in Residence teaching dance and movement in the public schools throughout Western North Carolina.  For several years, she taught dance (K-12) in Caldwell County Schools and was named Dance Educator of the Year by the NC State Department of Instruction.  She participated in the development of the NC Standard Course of Study for Dance.  One of Rebecca’s passions is to observe, participate in, and document local dance traditions both at home and abroad.

Full Time Faculty

  • MA Appalachian State University
  • Masters Certification/Licensure Dance Education
  • North Carolina School of the Arts
  • BS East Carolina University
  • Teaching Licensure Education
  • Dance Pedagogy, Modern Dance, Style and Form

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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