During this one of a kind program, students will have the opportunity to learn complex and exciting Colombian rhythms, including cumbia and vallenato. In their weekly sessions students will build ensemble performance skills and increase their confidence in their musical abilities as they explore unique avenues of creativity. Students who are currently members of the school band may have the opportunity to take their instrumental experience to the next level through participating as a member of the Colombian Ensemble on their current band instrument! Students will also explore the Spanish language through traditional songs, and traditional dance steps will provide the students with an exciting and satisfying challenge to express Colombian rhythms through movement, all while having fun! To maintain the authenticity of Colombian musical culture, Turtle Bay Music School has commissioned artisans in Colombia to craft genuine instruments for your young musicians to use during class time and in performance.
The skills developed during this program are not limited to music and dancing! Students will be given an insider’s look at specific cultural attributes of Colombia, and they will gain a wealth of knowledge about the country and the people who have shaped this beautiful and vibrant culture. This program is a great opportunity for both students who are new to the Colombian music and cultural experience, as well as for those who have previously enjoyed their participation in the Colombian Residencies at PS/IS 217. Students who are currently in PS/IS 217 band classes are encouraged to participate, as they will gain unique instrumental experience as a member of the Colombian Ensemble.
This program will culminate in an incredibly unique performance where students will showcase their new musical knowledge performing alongside NYC’s premier Colombian band, Folklore Urbano!
Sign up here: http://www.tbms.org/colombianensemble/