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A 1-2-hour session workshops to be taught 1 – 5 days per week, making musical percussive instruments mainly out of recycled materials such as cardboard and wood.  There will be 1-3 elements involved in the construction of the instrument. The projects may require students to paint, stencil or appliqué the design. Students must plan the outcome, as much as possible, then utilize various materials, such as straw, yarn, clay, etc. Also, participants will make instruments out of natural materials such as, sticks, gourds, bamboo, etc. These pieces may require some assembling. Participants will experience the joy of really making music!

 

activities

         making maracas

rhythm art

making musical percussive instruments out of mainly recycled materials such as cardboard and wood. The projects may require students to paint, stencil or appliqué the design. Students must plan the outcome Also, participants will make instruments out of natural materials such as, sticks, gourds, bamboo, etc. These pieces may require some assembling. Participants will experience the joy of really making music!

 

 

 

 

The performance component.  Students are taught dances, songs and drum rhythms from various countries. The goal is to make sure each student learns well enough to perform in a show… otherwise all can be done within a 1– 2 hour setting.   Children are taught self-confidence and becoming comfortable in front of an audience.  MKRS also includes performances where original children music is presented at special events such as Kwanzaa, Cinco de Mayo, MLK Day, etc. This music is highly rhythmic, so that children are encouraged to clap, sing and dance along.

The visual art component.  It entails creating art pieces that are heavily rooted in the use of geometric patterns, free flowing lines and symbols. These symbols may come from various cultures such as, Caribbean, Latin, Asian, African, as well as Native American.   Symbols are intertwined into student’s artwork. Other times, students are encouraged to create their own original designs.  These designs will be placed, painted or appliquéd on clothes/costumes to be used in performances and/or presented at art galleries. Usually the theme for the designs derives from a special event.  Also, participants will learn the history and meaning behind these cultural symbols

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