Songs of the Session

In an effort to recreate and honor a tradition that was begun back in 1957, when Frank Hamilton would teach the same song to different levels of players, we proudly present The Songs of The Session.

Each session two songs are chosen, one from the songbook and one from the general repertoire. All classes are encouraged to learn these tunes and apply the skills they are working on at their individual levels.

We're closing out the year with two songs picked by long time teacher and friend of the school Paul Tyler.

October – December 2019

"La Bamba"

From our songbook, on page 15 the classic Mexican singalong "La Bamba". A few years back, the group Playing for Change produced a video of folks around the world celebrating this ever popular song. It's in the key of C in our book but you can put it whatever key suits your instrument and voice.

Chart for "La Bamba"


"Don't Throw It Away"

The other song addresses the all important concept of recycling and taking care of our planet. "Don't Throw It Away" by Keb' Mo' with the legendary Taj Mahal has an old timey melody and feel that speaks to our future and the well being of all future generations. "You got to use it again, baby don't you throw it away." Sing it and live it.

Chart for "Don't Throw It Away"