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Join Morgana as she interviews New York City banjo player Curtis Eller. Learn about the history of the banjo and hear Mr. Eller play some of his old favorites.

Links to fun websites include Mr. Eller's website, bluegrass music for kids, a list of recommended books and a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities.

Questions & Extended Learning Activities

Learning Activities for A KID'S HISTORY OF THE BANJO

Each Learning Corner is designed by an educator to be easily integrated into individual curriculums, as well as State, and National Standards.

Click here for The Learning Corner Page

Other Fun Websites


    CURTIS ELLER is New York City's yodelling banjo player. He started his show-business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde Tyme Circus in Detroit, His biggest musical influences are Buster Keaton, Elvis Presley and Abraham Lincoln.


    Bluegrass Music is a great place for kids to learn about their history and the roots in this true and cherished American music. Bluegrass Kids.com will showcase talented kids doing great things in Bluegrass,teach the history of bluegrass music from a child's perspective,help parents to buy first instruments and find instuctors, and so much more.

  • Banjos That Kids Can Make From Pie Tins

    A homemade banjo can also be constructed using a large aluminum cookie tin. Rubber bands can be used instead of wire, and may create more twang. Just make sure they have enough pull to stretch along the length of the instrument. Click here to find out more.

  • The Banjo Project

    The Banjo Project is a cross-media cultural odyssey: a major television documentary, and a website that chronicles the journey of America’s banjo from its African roots to the 21st century. Click here to find out more.

Recommended Books

  • Banjo Granny
  • Author : Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • ASIN : 0618336036

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