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Educator Workshop Series with Terrance Simien

February 21 | 4:00 pm

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Two-time Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien brings us an educator’s workshop that pairs with his in-person APPlause! Series concert Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco. Learn about the history of this fascinating and entertaining American roots music and listen as Terrance demos the instruments and talks about Creole culture, his work with Disney, and a slew of well-known performing artists. Terrance will review the format of the student matinee and help everyone get excited and ready for the treat that is Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco.
This program is a complement to the February 22, 2024 APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series event Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco. To learn more and register, click here.

photo credit: James Dean

LOCATION: Appalachian Theatre, Community Room, 559 W. King St., Boone
DATE/TIME: Feb. 21, 4pm
COST: FREE, but advance registration is required
MORE INFO: chenauskyc@appstate.edu

Educator Workshop Series

Let the Educator Series inspire and rekindle your love of learning with and through the arts. This year, we are focused on providing high-quality arts education experiences for K-12 audiences at no cost. We add to that quality professional development experiences for educators that will enliven a passion for learning and spark an element of excitement and fun for all educators.

Please be in touch with Christy Chenausky (chenauskyc@appstate.edu) ahead of any educator series event to request a certificate of completion.


For over 40 years, two-time Grammy Award-winning, eighth-generation Louisiana Creole Terrance Simien (born September 3, 1965), has been shattering the myths, and often misinformation, about what his traditional Zydeco roots music is – and is not. It most certainly is American roots music and it is music born of the Black and mixed race French-speaking Creoles of South Louisiana. It’s exhilarating and as complex and diverse as the Creoles. It’s also more than just one rhythm and one tempo. Sure it’s about dancing — “less dancing please,” said no-one ever! But, it’s also about grooving in place and dancing freely. It’s definitely about the vocal performance as well. Zydeco is dynamic and evolving — remaining relevant to allow its artists to express themselves within their genre without constraints. Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over 10,000 concerts, toured millions of miles to more than 45 countries during their eventful career.

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For more information about APPlause!...

Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
828-262-6084 ext. 109

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February 21
4:00 pm
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