The outreach activity for The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is titled “Around the World in Song. “ This will be a workshop designed for elementary age students. In the workshop children will meet some of the most important members of the Mendilow band: the instruments themselves. Children will meet and get to know a little about the berimbau, the munnharpa (jaw harp), the Peruvian cajon (box drum) and the art of overtone singing. Members of the Ensemble will tell children fun, engaging stories, will invite them to participate in exciting rhythm activities from different cultures, and participate in joyous sing alongs, sung in up to six languages from around the world.
The outreach activities for the Fubuki Daiko – Japanese Drumming and Dance project include two school outreach experiences. One is a 45-minute concert and one, a two-hour drum workshop.
The 45-minute drumming and dance program will be designed for an audience of middle and high school age students and held at the Polson High School auditorium. In addition to students from the two Polson public schools, middle and high school age students from Mission Valley Christian Academy will be invited. The afternoon outreach program will include brief interludes for descriptions of Fubuki Daiko’s drumming and percussion instruments as well explanations of the Japanese culture that grounds Fubuki Daiko’s traditional heritage of drumming and dance.
The two-hour drum workshop will be an invitational workshop also held at Polson High School. Invitees will include members of Indian Culture Clubs in the 7 middle and high schools on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Invitees will also include adult and youth members of local tribal drum groups.
Mission Valley Live outreach volunteers will work with Dana Hewankorn, director of educational outreach services at the Peoples Center, to coordinate and promote the Fubuki Daiko drumming workshop. The intended focus of the workshop will be to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation for the influence of drumming in the culture of the Japanese people and the people of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
The Two Bit Franks – outreach program will be an informative, interactive session that lasts approximately one hour. Members of the band perform for students, talk with them about where bluegrass music comes from and demonstrate classic songs of the genre. Throughout the program band members highlight various instruments in their collection, describe what the instruments are made of and explain the different roles each instrument has in the songs, again with unique demonstrations for each instrument or set of instruments. Band members also demonstrate and talk with students about the various vocals and harmony stacks that are unique to bluegrass music. At the end of the program, band members engage students in a lively Q&A session.
Maracujá – Latin World Music educational outreach programs will take students on an “up close and personal journey” around Latin America through music. The programs introduce students to new Latin American cultures and traditions through a variety of hands-on musical experiences. The band will provide 45-minute active learning workshops to two or three groups of students, based on student and staff interest. These workshops will be offered simultaneously or in different class periods depending on the school’s schedule.
Each of the workshops will provide demonstrations, explanations and hands-on learning experiences about instruments and vocals unique to music throughout Latin America. Sam, the band’s percussion player, will offer a workshop focused on percussion instruments and rhythms. Terrence and Caitlin, the band’s guitar player and singer will provide a workshop focused on distinctive string instruments and vocals.
The outreach program offered by the trio of “Too Marvelous For Words” will be a workshop designed especially for high school student musicians. It will examine the universal appeal of the Nat King Cole Trio (NKCT) and how it revolutionized Jazz. In a presentation focused on the musical mechanics of what makes the NKCT one of the most globally loved ensembles in American music, “Too Marvelous For Words” will examine the arrangements, song selection, harmonies, dynamics, and roles of the instruments and voices that make up the trio. Singers, horn players, and rhythm section players alike will learn the importance of thinking and playing like an arranger. By examining how the NCKT successfully applied a variety of textures and a range of dynamics through its ensemble work, students will gain insight into how to apply these concepts to any style of music in which they are interested.
The student outreach program with Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist will be directed to students in grades 6-8. Pandolfi believes at this age students need to be “impressed.” He will select a composer such as Franz Liszt, who was a “rock star” in his day and talk about his highly dramatic personal life, showing students how his music reflects some of that drama, but also how it contributed to musical history. At this age students are becoming much more socially aware and want to hear about the details of artists’ lives that are socially interesting and “cool.”
He will also demonstrate how some of the “acrobatics” at the piano keyboard can hold the attention of an audience. He will perform some unusual repertoires for one hand alone that is made to sound like two hands, and he’ll demonstrate an energetic crossover style, explaining how the technique not only intrigues audiences but also relates to music history.
The Everything Fitz outreach activity will provide a high-energy music and dance program while engaging students in an interactive learning experience. Members of the Fitzgerald family (Everything Fitz) will perform traditional Canadian Fiddle music and Ottawa-Valley step-dancing. Members of the group will explain the cultural heritage of these traditional art forms and demonstrate how the music and dance have evolved over time.
An essential part of the Everything Fitz educational outreach program is music appreciation. The Fitzgerald family believes the live music experience is a two-way street: the performers respond to the students in the audience and the students respond through the interactions and reactions to the musical experience. This outreach performance is an aural, visual and kinesthetic experience. Watching the complex, coordinated movements of the different musicians and dancers heightens the emotional response to the music and adds to the enjoyment of it. Everything Fitz believes attending live concerts is an important part of experiencing music, and therefore, an important part of developing music appreciation, educationally and emotionally.