A Musical Journey Through Florida

      For several years, I have presented A Musical Journey Through Florida to children in public and private schools across the State. Incorporating voice, guitar, autoharp and limberjack, I reinforce concepts in Florida history, culture and environment through music, poetry, drama and discussion.

      Jeanie, who holds a bachelor's degree in education, combines her original songs with those of other Florida songwriters. A Musical Journey Through Florida takes students back in time to the early days of explorers, pirates and Seminole Indians. Students sing, discuss and dramatize vestiges of the past, such as folk remedies, cracker foods and customs, legendary figures and historical events. The program varies in length from 60 to 90 minutes depending upon school schedules. Teachers are provided in advance with a reading list and song-lyric booklet so that copies can be made for every child. The program can be varied to work successfully with grades 3 through 8.
     Jeanie has also developed a 30-minute program for grades K through 2 in which children travel by train back in time to the days of "old" Grandpa. They use their imaginations to swim in the river, dine on cracker foods and wash clothes in a washtub. This journey concludes with students making music with old kitchen utensils in the "Kitchen Fitchen Rhythm Band." 

 Kids have sent their pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 Kids have written:

..."I loved your program. Your songs help us to learn about our State." ...Tony (grade 5).
..."I really liked the music. I learned a lot about Florida and the Seminole Indians." ...Larissa (grade 4).
..."I liked the little dancing man. I liked playing him in the band."...Adam (grade 1).
..."I thoroughly enjoyed singing all the songs. I liked playing the old country doctor in the skit. I learned many things that I didn't know about the environment and Florida's past." ...Maria (grade 7).             

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 Educators have written:

..."The panoramic color of Florida History came alive as you took students on your musical journey...you have a beautiful rapport with children, engaging them in different activities that encourage learning through song, dance and oral discussion." ...Cindy Moon, Principal, Wellington School, Seminole, FL
..."The students and teachers were talking about your program all week, expressing their praise and pleasure for your performance." ...Joyce Parten, Assistant Principal, Sea Park Elementary, Satellite Beach, FL
..."Thank you for coming to our school...I am sharing the news of how wonderful you are with colleagues in Tallahassee." ...Julie Kaplan, Music Educators National Conference
..."Thank you for making Florida History and Folklore a living experience for our pupils, and for making the trip to the Florida Folk Festival possible." ...Jay Clark, Principal, Fairglen Elementary, Cocoa, FL  

 For fee schedule and further information:

Jeanie Fitchen
2456 Pacer Lane
Cocoa, FL 32926-2606
email: Jeanie@JFitchen.com

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