Music Arts

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Balinese Gamelan Orchestra with Mindia Devi Klein

Guest Musician, Mindia Devi Klein, came in for a two-day Gamelan Orchestra workshop. It was a wonderful experience for the children to learn about and play authentic handmade instruments from Bali.  When Mindia’s partner, James was filming the Gamelan experience this is what he noticed immediately about KMS and the students.

What James noticed about KMS

 

KMS students singing “Dirt Made my Lunch” at the KMS Café (with special guest)

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To complement the songs and music that naturally occur within the KMS school day, we are excited to announce that San Francisco-based musicians are coming to KMS Elementary Program to teach music fundamentals through their diverse musical styles from folk to Hip Hop, Balinese Gamelan to West African drumming.

The visiting musicians program started March 13th  with San Francisco musician Isaac Zones teaching K-5th Ocho Kandelikas, a song in Ladino (mix of Spanish and Hebrew) while accentuating the song’s minor key and syncopated rhythm.

Previously Featured Artists:

Fundamentals of West African Music with Tomas Salcedo and Craig Miller

Craig and Tomas in Ghana 2Fundamentals of West African Music with Tomas Salcedo and Craig Miller: Exploring rhythm in your body and basic music notation for percussion.

Students learned the fundamentals of rhythm, time signatures, basic music notation for percussion, call-and-response, and introduction to West African music.  Students delved into musical instruction using the Guinean song “Balakulenjah” with Craig on African drum called a djembe and Tomas on the dundun (large/medium/small drums).

Fundamentals of West African Music with Tomas Salcedo and Craig Miller: 2 Ghanaian songs “Anponsah” and “Fume Fume.”
Students reviewed what they learned in the previous class, and Tomas briefly demonstrates on guitar the ethnomusicology idea: “What we consider blues music, rock music, jazz music is all very influenced by African music.”  Students then continued with learning the fundamentals of rhythm, time signatures (4/4 & 12/4 time), basic music notation for percussion, call-and-response, and introduction to West African music.   This time, however, Tomas and Craig introduced the Ghanaian songs “Anponsah” and “Fume Fume.”  With Tomas on guitar and Craig on marimba, students delved into rhythmic clapping, standard musical notation, call-and-response, instrumental work and song.  Specifically, students created 3-part percussion parts to support the rhythm (hand clapping, wood blocks, and bells); 1 group was “call” and 1 group was “response.”

Tomas Salcedo and Craig Miller’s Music Bios:

Bay Area percussionists Craig Miller and Tomas Salcedo have been making music together for many years. Aside from touring and recording with their Oakland based band Antioquia, they have facilitated percussion workshops for audiences across the country including the Columbus School for the Blind, University of Southern Utah and the Sly Boots School of Music.  Both have traveled extensively in pursuit of their passion for West African music and most recently they returned from spending a month in Ghana studying the music of the Pan African Orchestra. They specialize in teaching this unique musical language to beginners who are just tapping into their own internal rhythm – allowing the pulse of the music to be felt from head to toe.

Balinese Gamelan Orchestra with Mindia Devi Klein

Guest Musician, Mindia Devi Klein, came in for a 2 day gamelan orchestra workshop. It was a wonderful experience for the children to learn about and play authentic handmade instruments from Bali.

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Even Taylor

Even Taylor taught KMS students about the musical alphabet, scales, melody, and how a song is created.  Even Taylor introduced: rhythm, tempo, timbre, pitch, and dynamics.  To get a glimpse into Even’s introduction of music fundamentals, please click on the following short audio excerpts from her first class with KMS students:  an original song to illustrate the lesson; how the musical alphabet is created; what is melody?  (1:47)

Even Taylor’s Music Bio:Even Taylor

Even Taylor has been writing and sharing songs for the last 10 years.  She is currently recording her first professional album, and when not in the studio, she is committed to bringing her love of music to kids and adults of all ages.  Her next project involves an album of children’s songs inspired by some of her favorite children’s books. Her approach is to incorporate music fundamentals into activities and games that activate all parts of a child’s brain, while keeping everyone engaged, involved, laughing, and singing!  Check out some of her songs here:  www.reverbnation.com/eventaylor

KMS Full Moon Band

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