One Morehead State alum now teaches elementary school students about folk music through the Hindman Settlement School.
Sarah Kate Morgan graduated from MSU in December of 2019 at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and now works with the Hindman Settlement School as the Folk Arts Education Director.
“My job is to work with local Knott County elementary schools and provide art and music enrichment to them,” said Morgan, a Sharps Chapel, Tennessee native.
Morgan used her experiences from the KCTM, where she organized monthly community square dances, to help prepare for her new job.
“The KCTM helped me use music to create community and they were a great way to show how you can use music and art to make people’s lives better, help families connect more, help friends and neighbors understand each other,” said Morgan. “The community of musicians at the KCTM is really tight, really cared about each other and took care of each other. It turned into a family.”
Morgan now has the opportunity to show children how music and art can create community through her programs. She started at her position in August, so she had to be prepared for teaching children virtually due to coronavirus.
“Coming into this job, I knew that I would have to start out virtual,” said Morgan. “I’ve came up with things like weekly sing-alongs on zoom and google meet for students and creating 30-minute videos about different Appalachian art and music topics. I also coordinate music lessons through our Pick and Bow Program which has been converted to zoom meetings.”
Unlike some people who have experienced jobs like Morgan’s before the coronavirus, Morgan has to learn how to do her job under more normal circumstances when in-person classes start up again.
“This is my first stab at the job, so I don’t really know what it’s going to be like under normal circumstances,” said Morgan.