Welcome to the Academy at Lincoln Orchestra!
I'm Dr. Christen Blanton, and I am very proud to be the orchestra teacher at the Academy at Lincoln!
I am originally from New York, and I went to college at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
I moved to North Carolina in 2006 to get my Masters Degree in Viola Performance at UNCG.
When I moved to North Carolina, I started really focusing on playing, learning, and teaching folk and traditional music on the fiddle. I was inspired by the folk music community to go back to UNCG and earn my PhD in music education. I also studied ethnomusicology, which is the study of how music is used by and shared among different cultures around the world. I love learning about and playing music from many genres, including old-time, bluegrass, Irish and Scottish, jazz and blues, and even my own songs with my band The Zinc Kings. I also love sharing that music with my students!
Orchestra is the place where we learn how to play bowed string instruments:
the violin, viola, cello, and double bass.
We learn how to use our instruments with good technique, how to hold our instruments and bows properly to play beautifully in any style of music.
We review, learn, and expand our musicianship, the foundational knowledge about music like beat, tone, rhythm, intonation, tempo, and dynamics.
We harness and share our creativity through collaboration: in orchestra we work together to share our learning through performances.
All orchestras at the Academy at Lincoln follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and use the American String Teachers Assocation Nation Curriculum and Assessments.