Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music Classes

Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music Classes

Afro-Latin rhythms are part of the foundation for jazz, rock and pop music. You can teach Afro-Latin rhythms to give your ensemble a strong rhythmic foundation and explore connections between different cultures. Afro-Latin rhythms include rhythms from salsa, Afro-Cuban 6/8 (bembé), swing, bachata, merengue, bossa nova, and samba music, all rooted in West Africa and developed in places like Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

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Thoughts on Recruitment in the Choral Classroom

Thoughts on Recruitment in the Choral Classroom

Each year, I hear chorus teachers lament that students are not signing up to join chorus during the school day. Many students experience chorus in elementary school, and are ready to try something new in middle school. Students are excited by new classes available to them, such as S.T.E.M, dance, computers, art, band, drama, and other attractive options. The question remains: How can we make chorus shiny and new once again?

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What Folks are Saying ...

What Folks are Saying ...

The Computer Tech workshop with Jim Frankel and Barbara Freedman was nothing but enlightening to a computer savvy and to the non-technological teacher. Information presented was beneficial in the music classroom as a teaching tool, a creative tool and as an assessment tool. Participants experienced first hand the MusicFirst website having been given access immediately to test drive its content with its founder. While on the other hand, Barbara Freedman noted many interesting technological elements for using equipment and software to compose music.

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