Spring 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).
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 children 6-8 years old who have had one year or less of marimba instruction at Kutandara.)
Wednesday | 4:00-5:15 pm
9-week session April 5-May 31 | $145
*with Level 2 Mbizi/Zebra
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.)
Monday | 4:00-5:15 pm
8-week session April 3-May 22 | $130
*with Level 2 Mvuu/Hippo