Folk Singers Pass on Their Craft to Students

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Byline: Jean Murphy

A grand experiment in Mount Prospect began last week.

Four elementary schools (Lions Park, Fairview, St. Raymond Catholic and St. Paul Lutheran schools) are sharing a three-week folk song-writing residency by Tom and Chris Kastle, well-known Chicago area folk singers and songwriters.

The four schools have been gathered together for this unusual residency under the auspices of the Mount Prospect Historical Society and the Mount Prospect Park District, and 60 percent of the funding is coming from a $2,600 grant obtained by the cooperative group from the Illinois Arts Council.

Tuesday and Wednesday the Kastles met with teachers at all four of the schools and also performed their folk song assembly for all of the students in the four schools in seven different programs.

Continuing over the next two weeks, the Kastles will continue their work by going into each fifth-grade classroom where they will teach the students the rudiments of folk music writing and the children will then be able to write their own folk songs about the history of Mount Prospect. …