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Diaspora West African Drum and Dance Traditions

Come along on a journey to explore some of the ways West African Diaspora cultural practices are used to affirm community, communicate values, enhance cultural sensitivity, and inspire meaningful dialogue. Program options include storytelling, dance, drum, and song from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Haiti, and the United States.

Word Play

In his program Word Play, Alden Phelps combines a high-energy collection of far-fetched, funny songs and impressive guitar playing to delight every audience. In this reading and music assembly, students sing along with original songs such as: “When They Make Me President” “My Brother’s Got an iPod Totally Attached to His Head” “The Mysterious Island […]

Boom Buckets Around the World!

Students discover the art of drumming! Participants have a blast playing everyday objects like buckets and garbage cans while they develop essential aural musical skills and learn how to read basic musical notation. Along their journey students experience music from different world cultures, participate in ensemble playing, and have the opportunity to perform in an […]

Soul Steps

Soul Steps speaks the language of rhythm! This showcase of the African-American dance tradition known as “stepping” explores how step started among African-American fraternities and sororities on college campuses as a means of unity and self-expression, and has deep roots in the migrant labor culture of South African gold mines. Students enjoy the high-energy step […]

Biodiversity with Billy B.

Billy B. uses science, humor, music, dance, and audience participation to introduce the wonder of our earth’s biodiversity, why it is declining, and how we can help to protect it. Billy B. hopes to educate people of all ages about biodiversity by introducing issues such as pollution, deforestation, and overfishing and how other human behaviors […]

Voice of the People: A History of American Folk Music

Dave Fry turns folk selections—both widely known and new to kids’ ears—into true adventures. He sings of wild animal excursions and at-home thrills like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, moving with ease from the downright silly “I Want to Be a Dog” to the joyfully rockin’ “Splish Splash.” Students learn about the historical role of […]

Outside the Bachs

From Bach to Beethoven, Django Reinhardt to Jethro Tull! Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, these performers remix traditional ideas of chamber music. Students discover the joys of classical and jazz music through exciting arrangements and plenty of originals. By combining classical repertoire with elements of hip hop and […]

Creative Up-cycling!

Turning junk into musical instruments from Africa to America! This immersive program inspires students to creatively repurpose objects as they learn about a musical tradition that has spanned cultures and continents for centuries. Curtis Blues performs using a wide variety of “up-cycled” instruments made in Africa, South America, and the U.S., including traditional gourd instruments. […]

Fusión Mexicana

Through the fusion of powerful lyrics and high-energy movements, the Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. Original compositions and arrangements of traditional songs reflect elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk music, and are blended to deliver a powerful message of love, camaraderie and social justice. The performance […]

Songwriting and Green Screen Music Videos

Whether you want to create a school song, find new ways to engage students in science or math, or address character education, this workshop empowers and motivates students through the exciting process of writing and recording songs. Students brainstorm ideas, write original lyrics and music, and perform and record songs digitally. They also explore cutting-edge […]

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