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Randy Armstrong—Artist-in-Residence

World Music Educational Residencies for Schools

Randy Armstrong offers educational residencies in World Music for grades ranging from elementary to high school. Each residency is designed to be age/grade appropriate and last from 1 to 3 weeks.

The residency begins with an opening assembly performance by Randy Armstrong demonstrating up to 50 instruments from around the world. Core student groups then work with Randy in a series of sessions and rehearsals culminating into a public concert on the concluding day of the residency.

The focus is on West African drumming, original "soundscapes" with creative writing, and choir and/or music ensemble performance.

A teacher's guide, music and instructional videos and materials are provided to schools. Teacher workshops and master classes for advanced students are also available.

Residency Option

A collaborative residency with actor/director/storyteller, Genevieve Aichele in Story Theatre and World Music. For more info on Armstrong & Aichele, World Tales, visit Armstrong & Aichele Website for more information.

Residency Funding Support

Funding for Randy Armstrong performances and educational programs is available from the following organizations:


2017 Governor’s Art Award Winner
Randy Armstrong for Arts Education!

On November 1, 2017, Randy Armstrong was awarded the 2017 Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Education in a celebration hosted by Governor Chris Sununu, the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the NH State Council on the Arts. The ceremony took place at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. Quoting the program guidelines, “This award recognizes an individual, nonprofit organization, school district or community that has made an outstanding contribution to arts education within the past three years."


Photo of Governor Chris Sununu and Randy Armstrong with Award Trophy


Photo of Namory Keita, left – Theo Martey, center – Randy Armstrong, right
Performing as special guests at the 2017 NH Governor’s Arts Award Celebration


Photo of Randy Armstrong performing on West African Dununs at Award Celebration


Photo of Roger Brooks, Chair – NH State Council on the Arts, left / NH Governor Chris Sununu ‘ Randy Armstrong / Jeffrey Rose,  Commissioner - NH Dept. of Natural and Cultural Affairs