Ensembles and Improvisation on percussion for kindergarten through high school
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Marimba Magic students enjoy exploring sounds on percussion instruments, including gongs, xylophones, a variety of drums, and many more intriguing sound makers from around the world. Children play songs on the marimba in unison and in parts, which helps to develop good listening and rhythmic skills. Students drum the rhythm and sing the melody, which helps them to play each song with ease. Improvisation and composition are an integral part of the curriculum giving, students an understanding of musical elements through their own creative explorations. Groups perform on marimbas and percussion in Rivers School Conservatory recitals.
Students play marimbas, drums, and percussion, conduct, sing, move, and make up their own music. In this musicianship training students develop rhythmic, ensemble, improvisational and ear-training skills. The ensemble will perform at RSC recitals and at The Marimba Celebration.
In this 2nd year class, students play most major scales and arpeggios on the marimba, developing a good understanding of the keyboard. They sing each melody played, and transpose them into the various keys they have learned.
In this 4th year class, students play all major scales and arpeggios on the marimba, improvising on all the chords. Repertoire for performance includes Praetorius, African, folk music and classical music. Private lessons required.
A continuation of previous level.
Wide range of more challenging repertoire from African to Classical, as well as improvisation. Many ensemble performances at Rivers and at local venues, including The WCRB Cartoonfest at Symphony Hall, The Natick Market and Senior Centers.
Private lesson in addition to class.
Performances at The Rivers Wassail, Symphony Hall, The Seminar on Contemporary Music. Repertoire of many genres includes virtuosic xylophone solos and world premieres.
Private lessons scheduled individually
If interested in a class, please contact Sarah Tenney at email@example.com or call The Rivers School Conservatory (781) 235-6840 X 384.
"Marimba Magic wakens the child's musical spirits, releasing the joy of rhythm through little fingers holding wooden mallets and palms pounding drums; until suddenly the child is blooming with music, moving freely, dancing joyfully, discovering the wonders of sound-never to forget!"
- Stephanie Rippe, Marimba Magic parent