From Nothing to Something: Washtub Bass

(In School)

National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM)

Provider Type
Program Type
Audience / Populations
Integrated Curriculum
History / Social Studies

Program Scheduling Details

Max # of Participants
1 Full Classroom (Appox. 30 Students)
Program Duration
45-50 minutes
Space Requirements
space where music & sound won’t disturb others
Tech Requirements
a long table near electrical outlet with 2 chairs
During School Hours
During the School Year
Contact for Details
Future fees negotiable, pending grant funding
Special Considerations
advanced collaboration required; please contact
Scheduling / Booking Contact
Kim Johnson
(615) 301-8724
Program Activities / Description
“From Nothing to Something (FN2S): Washtub Bass” is a 50 minute program consisting of a featured artist who demonstrates the art of playing the washtub bass. This artist will come into your classroom or location to present the music history, techniques, and other interesting stories/facts behind the instrument to your audience. The overall FN2S experience is designed to educate children and adults about how a group of people from different cultures created instruments from memories and limited resources. A century ago, washtubs or buckets, were used as ordinary household items, but they became a resource to make something wonderful – music! Participants will learn how these instruments have influenced the historical development of music genres such as Blues and Country to create America’s music. PRESENTATION DELIVERY: Each 50 minute program is conducted by a Museum Educator and featured artist. A basic program is as follows: - 10 minutes on history of the instrument and genres by Educator - 10 minutes of 2 song performances by presenter - 15 minutes of presenter explaining details & demonstrating techniques - 15 minutes of children either using their own instruments and/or having time to come with the presenter & use the instrument; asking questions - 10 minutes of wrap-up & evaluation