In May 2002, a year after the untimely death of Carole Fredericks, the Fredericks family (Connie Fredericks-Malone and brothers, blues icon, Taj Mahal, Edward Fredericks and Richard Fredericks) established CDF Music Legacy, LLC., a family company dedicated to preserving their late sister’s legacy. CDF Music Legacy secured the world rights to all of Carole Fredericks’ recordings in France. By 2004, two albums were made available in the United States exclusively through the online merchant CDBaby.com.
CDF Music Legacy also secured permission to create French learning materials employing Ms. Fredericks’ extensive catalog of music including the songs recorded with the group, Fredericks Goldman Jones. In tribute to her memory, Carole Fredericks’ biography, recordings and music videos were transformed into Tant Qu’Elle Chante, Elle Vit! Apprendre le français grâce à l’héritage de Carole Fredericks, the first French language unit published by CDF Music Legacy in 2003. The language unit, six music videos (VHS tape or DVD format) and lessons contained in a Teacher’s Manual, was introduced at the American Association of Teachers (AATF) of French Convention in Martinique the same year. This language unit represented perhaps the first time a pop icon and contemporary music were incorporated into a formal French language instructional lessons.
In late 2004, CDF Music Legacy joined forces with Tralco Educational Services, (Hamilton Ontario Canada) to develop an Activity Book for Ms. Fredericks’ French language album. Couleurs et parfums: Apprendre le français grâce à l’héritage de Carole Fredericks was introduced in 2005 at the AATF conference in Quebec, Canada. The unit includes 11 songs on a CD and an Activity Book with lyrics and reproducible exercises. Each lesson explores vocabulary and offers interpretive, analytical and presentational assignments.
To date, Tant Qu’Elle Chante, Elle Vit! and Couleurs et parfums are used by teachers of French in more than 1000 K-12 schools and 50 colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada and as far away as Singapore.
On August 18, 2006, the family, foreign language educators and friends established the Carole D. Fredericks Foundation, Inc. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education and charitable organization committed to the use of Ms. Fredericks’ musical legacy as a teaching tool for French language. This website was launched in December 2006 and will serve as a resource for teachers of French.