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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 […]

Sonic Evolution

From high-energy original music to classical pieces to contemporary cover songs, this cutting-edge cello trio’s original and organic crossover sound bridges classical and rock music. Students participate directly in this exciting and energizing Cello Fury program as they learn about the string and percussion families, compare musical styles, explore sound effects, and discover how technology […]

Heartbeat of the Americas

Heartbeat of the Americas explores the indigenous music of the Western Hemisphere. Discover how Native North American sounds synthesized with the music of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa in the New World. Songs and instruments, legend and history are cast in the interplay of cultures as Mary plays cedar flute, frame and steel drums, […]

Junk Jam: The Multi-Day Experience

Students experience making music with found objects and create their own found-object instrument they can keep. Long-term residencies (10 days or more) also include a student performance on the instruments they make or the creation of larger, communal "junk jam stations" that can stay behind at the school. 2 class limit (up to 90 minutes […]

The Amazing Junk Jam

Are you ready to jam? Environmental sustainability and social responsibility take center stage in The Junk Jam Band’s high-energy educational program featuring found objects and homemade instruments. Everyone gets involved, as students create and layer sounds, using looping technology to create songs. Learning that junk can be used in so many ways has never been […]

Arabiqa with Karim Nagi

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian and performs on multiple percussion and string instruments from around the Arab world. He describes the history of each instrument, shares how they are made, and writes out the names in Arabic script. In the program, Karim involves the virtual audience with rhythmic clapping, word pronunciation, line dancing, and […]

Beats, Rhymes, and Life

This energetic and engaging exploration of percussion and poetry introduces students to how rhythms and spoken word can awaken their inner artists. Students connect to both verbal and non-verbal ways to express themselves while learning to develop their own unique voices—one word, one beat at a time. Topics covered by Poetry Meets Percussion include the following: […]

The Language of Drumming

Students play, compose, conduct, and perform traditional and student-composed original percussion music using congas, bells, shakers, guiros, found objects, and various sound effects or "toys." Along the way they develop communication skills that are vital to playing music with others, such as eye contact and focused listening. The emphasis is on the teamwork and awareness […]

Afro-Cuban Percussion

Students play a variety of percussion instruments from Latin American countries while learning about culture and history through stories and demonstrations. By learning historical context, students understand the meaning of the music beyond the basic rhythms and melodies. Students comprehend musical tools such as dynamics, pulse, call and response, breaks, and instruments through hands-on experiences. […]