Folk singer and songwriter Jami Lynn Buttke is the featured artist in residence for two weeks at Koch School in Milbank until March 4.
During the first week at Koch, Jami introduced her folk and bluegrass music to the students along with teaching them about the guitar and banjo. She gave students the opportunity to try out the instruments as well as learn to yodel and sing.
The second week of her residency, Jami is diving further into her music by teaching songs, guiding the students in songwriting, and incorporating art by helping the students to make their own banjos.
“I hope by the end of my stay the students will have a good idea what folk music is and what it means,” she explained. “I will strive to help them understand how folk music is inspired by South Dakota history and how that can relate to them and their own history.”
Jami applied for residency with the South Dakota Artists in the Schools and Communities while attending college at the University of South Dakota, and has been a featured artist for four years. Her residency is funded by the South Dakota Arts Council, which brings artists such as singers, writers, actors, and visual artists into schools across the state.