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Leslie Selden is a Carmel, Indiana-based fiddler and violinist. She has worked with Arts for Learning for the past 24 years. Her band, The May Apple Band, brings subjects like history and social studies to life for students in three different performances. The band includes a folk singer who plays guitar and, Leslie, who plays fiddle. Each performance provides a narrative which helps students put themselves into the lives of children on Indiana pioneer farms, children in early Indiana canal boats, and Irish families in both immigrant times and today. Each performance contains relevant folk songs and dance tunes on fiddle, and provides multiple opportunities for participation. “Many children today haven’t heard folk songs or traditional dance tunes,” Leslie says. “Yet all cultures have a treasury of songs and tunes for dancing. Through our performances, children can gain exposure and a desire to further explore these universal human means of expression.” As for what students take away from her performances, Leslie says she hopes “students gain exposure to positive experiences with non-technological forms of individual and group education and entertainment, and develop an interest in how their parents, grandparents and ancestors lived, worked, played.”
Mac Bellner is a musician based in Beech Grove, Indiana. She has practiced dance for 47 years, and she has taught with Arts for Learning for 24 years. Mac holds a Bachelor’s degree and is currently pursuing dual Master’s of Arts degrees. A folk musician who focuses on traditional styles of music from North America, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, Mac occupies her spare time with her popular local band Hogeye Navvy. She was the recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, and she was named a Master Fellow as a Performing Folk Artist. She was also awarded a Creative Renewal Fellowship by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. When discussing the educational power of folk music, she cites one of the most influential folk singers in American history. “Woody Guthrie defined a good song as ‘easy to learn and hard to forget’ and he was right,” Mac says. “Folk songs are like that. Children learn them easily and remember them, so when the content of the songs and the presentation includes subjects such as Indiana history, their education is enriched.”


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