Friday, January 30, 2015

Percussion How To: Claves

A good tone on the claves is easy when you have the correct grip, as demonstrated by percussionist Mark Shelton. Enjoy!


Mark Shelton has presented hundreds of arts-in-education performances as a percussion soloist and as leader of the world music ensemble, Tin Roof Tango. From the early days of his career as Visiting Artist at Coastal Carolina Community College to his current work as a soloist, clinician, sideman, and entrepreneur, Mark has created programs, products, and educational services for a variety of ages. The author of Give Me a Groove from Heritage Music Press, Mark has also published articles in Percussive Notes, Activate!, Dulcimer Players News, and Worship Musician

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Review of Brian Hiller and Don Dupont's "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears." (A Unison Musical for Grades 3-6)

Recently, our third grade did an evening performance of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, A West African Folk Tale retold with original music by Brian Hiller and Don Dupont.

There are four third grade classes totaling 120 students. They have general music classes once a week for 45 minutes. There were challenges mainly due to half days, holidays, and state testing, therefore some missed quite a few music classes. Because of this I may change a few things for next year (lesson learned!). Nonetheless, it went very well and was a magical event for the children and all involved.