Fall 2017 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).
Fall Twiza/Giraffe Marimba I
Level 1 |Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3
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.)
Monday | 4:00-5:00 pm
7-week session | Sept 11-Oct 23 | $115
Fall Nzou/Elephant Marimba I
Level 1 | Ages 9-12 | Grades 4-6
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.)
Thursday | 4:00-5:00 pm
7-week session | Sept 14-Oct 26 | $115
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!
Fall Mbizi/Zebra Marimba
Level 2 | Ages 7-9 | Grades 2-4
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!
Thursday | 4:00-5:15 pm
17-week session | Aug 24-Dec 21 | $425
Fall Mvuu/Hippo Marimba
Level 2 | Ages 9-12 | Grades 4-6
In our level 2 Hippo class, we are starting to explore the polyrhythm 6 against 4, and are learning songs with this rhythm hidden inside. (We are even learning to play it on the hosho!) We are also learning how to play syncopated parts together. We are learning about marimba variations, and how to move between our basic parts and a variation smoothly in response to the lead soprano. We are starting to be able to transition between sections in multiple-section songs in response to the lead soprano’s calls. Marimba is awesome!
Wednesday | 4:00-5:15 pm
17-week session | Aug 23-Dec 20 | $425
Fall Shumba/Lion Marimba
Level 3 | Ages 10-13 | Grades 4-7
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?
Wednesday | 4:00-5:30 pm
17-week session | Aug 23-Dec 20 | $510
Fall Mukanya/Baboon Totem Marimba
Level 4 | Ages 11-14 | Grades 7-9
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!
Friday | 4:00-5:45 pm
17-week session | Aug 25-Dec 22 | $595