Winter 2018 Introductory Classes for Kids
Children are welcome to begin learning marimba in our group classes when they turn 6 or have completed kindergarten. Beginning youth students are grouped by age to insure peer-to-peer contact and age-appropriate skill development. Children start in either Twiza/Giraffe (ages 6-8/grades 1-3) or Nzou/Elephant (ages 9-12/ grades 4-6).
Winter Twiza (Giraffe) Marimba
Level 1 | Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3
Monday 4:00-5:00 pm | 10-week session Jan 15-Mar 19 | $160
In our level 1 Giraffe class, we are getting introduced to the marimbas. We are learning the names of the marimbas, their relationship to each other, and the names of the notes on each one. We can even play our main note (C major) chords! We are learning how to hold our mallets correctly and strike the keys properly.
In our opening circle, we are exploring the beat and duple beat, and learning to clap rhythms and and step to the beat. While we play marimba songs together, we are learning how to fit our parts together in non-syncopated songs, and play basic parts in sync with the group. We even know the lead soprano’s role in the ensemble and can respond to its calls. That’s pretty amazing!
(This class is designed for 6-8 year old students who have had one year or less of marimba instruction at Kutandara.)
Winter Nzou (Elephant) Marimba
Level 1 | Ages 9-12 | Grades 4-6
Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm | 11-week session Jan 11-Mar 22 | $175
In our level 1 Elephant class, we are learning how to hold our mallets correctly and strike the keys properly. We are learning how to fit our parts together in non-syncopated songs, and play basic parts in sync with the group.
We are starting to be able to execute basic arrangements with the concepts of layering in, layering out, call and response introductions and endings, breaks, and ending signals. We are learning how to play our parts strongly so that we can listen to other parts in the ensemble, and play through mistakes rather than stopping and starting over. We are getting good!
(This class is designed for 9-12 year old students who have had less than a full year of marimba instruction at Kutandara.)
Jan 8-29 | Chemutengure
Feb 5-26 | Butsu
Mar 5-Apr 2 | Sarura Wako (no class Mar 26)
Apr 9-30 | Usacheme
Mbira Nyunga Nyunga (‘sparkle, sparkle”) is a 15-16 keyed lamellophone (thumb piano) played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The mbira nyunga nyunga is fun and easy to learn, and can be played alone or with friends. Each four-week course allows students to learn a Zimbabwean song. Included in the tuition is the use of an mbira nyunga nyunga and carrying case.
Beginning Mbira Nhare with Daniel Lockley, Randy McIntosh, and Amy Stewart McIntosh
Thursday | 7:30-9:00 pm | 4-week sessions | $95 each
Winter/Spring Mbira Nhare Songs Include:
Jan 11-Feb 1 | Nhemamusasa kushaura + highline
Feb 8-Mar 1 | Nhemamusasa kutsinhira + highline
Mar 8-Apr 5 | Karigamombe kushaura + highline
(no class Mar 29)
Apr 12-May 3 | Karigamombe kutsinhira + highline
Mbira Nhare (“telephone”) is a 22-28 keyed lamellophone (thumb piano) in the group of instruments known as Mbira dzaVadzimu (Mbira of the Ancestors) played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Kutandara is offering a 2-year course of study to learn a body of songs taught to us by our Zimbabwean teachers. Each four-week course allows students to study in-depth a part (kushaura or kutsinhira) of a standard song. Included in the tuition is the use of an mbira nhare and carrying case.
The following classes are for students who are already studying marimba at Kutandara. If you are unsure which class is right for your child, please contact us!
Winter/Spring Mbizi (Zebra) Marimba
Level 2 | Ages 7-9 | Grades 2-4
Thursday 4:00-5:15 pm | 20-week session Jan 11-May 31 | $500
In our level 2 Zebra class, we are finding the main note chords (C major) and passing chords (D minor) on all the marimbas. We are learning about other chords on the marimba, too! We are learning about the relationship between basic patterns and harmony patterns in Zimbabwean-style marimba music, and are figuring out how to find one if we know the other. We are learning to play syncopated chords and basic running lines while stepping to the beat comfortably, and learning how to fit parts together that do not start on the same beat. Sometimes we even get to play the hosho! No class Mar 25-31.
Winter/Spring Shumba (Lion) Marimba
Level 3 | Ages 10-13 | Grades 4-7
Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm | 20-week session Jan 10-May 30 | $600
In our level 3 class, we are working on easily finding the G chord, C chord, and D chord on any marimba, and understanding the F#. Did you know that the F# is the difference between a D major and a D minor chord? We do! We are also learning shangara sticking patterns and learning to play them in sync with group. We are getting better at fluidity on the higher instruments and strength and precision on the lower instruments. We are learning to play the hosho, and trying to move our bodies while we play and step to the beat. We are learning about syncopation, and how to play parts together that have different kinds of syncopation. We are becoming a team, and we are actively trying to play well together by listening to each other. It’s called “groove.” Did you know that? We are also learning how to remember more complex arrangements, and how to make up our own variations in the style with guidance from our teachers. Cool, huh? No class Mar 25-31.
Winter/Spring Mukanya (Baboon Totem) Marimba
Level 4 | Ages 11-14 | Grades 7-9
Friday 4:00-5:45 pm | 20-week session Jan 12-June 1 | $700
In the Mukanya class, we are working on level 4 skills. We are learning about the kushaura/kutsinhira relationship, how to play basic and shangara running lines and fast chords consistently with proper technique, and how to move our hands far apart on the keyboard with ease and confidence. We also are working on playing running lines in groups of triplets while stepping to the beat, understanding and executing more complex interlocking rhythms in both dance songs and mbira-style songs while stepping to the beat, and learning to play hosho and bell patterns while dancing to the beat! In our group we are learning how to play to others consistently in all our parts. We are learning to play the role of “lead” on the soprano and develop parts and variations appropriately for the style. We also are working on looking around the room while we play our parts, and showing each other and our audiences how much we enjoy the marimba! We love marimba! No class Mar 25-31.