PLAYING WITH TRADITION is the name of Freight & Salvage’s new education initiative, which leads middle school students through a series of immersive visits from our teaching artists. Each series illuminates the historical context, cultural roots, and expressive power of music from a distinct tradition and demonstrates how seemingly disparate traditions can work together to make unique new sounds and collaborate across cultures. The curriculum aligns with both the 6th Grade California Arts Standards (Music) and the 6th Grade California Common Core English/Language Arts Standards. Featured instructors and guests include Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy (Traditional Indian Vocal Percussion), Jim Santi Owen (Traditional Indian Vocal Percussion, Body Percussion), Najee Amaranth and Amani Jade (History of Hip-Hop/Art of Rapping), slam poet Jamey Williams, jazz guitarist Karl Evangelista, and Hannah Mayree of the Black Banjo Reclamation Project. The program uses contemporary music as the doorway through which young people can identify connections with other styles, genres, musical eras, and cultures.