Special Programs


Come and take a musical journey back through time to true roots of American popular music
with none other than Staten Island’s own musical troubadour, Karlus Trapp. Hear anew the music that influenced and laid the foundations for the music of today. Wade in the water of the Negro spirituals. Dance a two step down Bourbon Street with Louie Armstrong as he changes the way music is played and sung. Revel in the atmosphere of a noisy saloon , while Scott Joplin plays Ragtime music in the background. You can Hi De Ho a call and response with Cab Calloway, or play percussion and sing along with the calypso folk of Harry Belafonte.
The Roots Of Pop Music In America was conceived as a musical history lesson by Mr. Trapp in the year 2000. Since that time Mr Trapp has entertained and educated thousands of children of all ages throughout the NYC area schools, corporate boardrooms, cultural centers and public venues.


Originally,the presentation was performed as a solo piece.Throughout the years however, it has expanded to incorporate other performers as well. For the past several years Trapp has been working with the Universal Temple Of The Arts to bring this program to the local public schools,
along with performers Janine Otis, Rudy Mwongozi, and Sajda Musawwir Ladner.

Trapp promises to take you on a musical journey that will have you singing, smiling, clapping and tapping, while maybe discovering a few things about American music that you never knew.