STORYTELLING

Students will  engage in reading, writing, listening and telling stories that originate from African people in Africa, the Caribbean and the United States. Activities will also include identifying the main idea, morals, vocal projection, enunciation, characterization, eloquent behavior, and speaking African words and phrases. The geography, food, lifestyle, dress, and other values in the cultures of the stories will be discussed. Students may be instructed in songs and movement (dance) as a compliment to the stories. Each session would be 30 to 45 minutes for primary grades, and 45 to 60 minutes for 5th grade and up. Sessions are available as a one-time workshop, or as a series to occur over several weeks. Students that excel in behavior and ability will be encouraged to perform for faculty, peers, and special events.

MUSIC

Participants will  study  music utilizing  percussion instruments such as djembe, dunun, conga, shekere (gourd rattle), bells and maracas, that will be provided by the instructor when necessary. Other instruments, such as flutes and horns, etc., will be used when provided by those participating. Concepts of rhythm, posture, technique, polyrhythm, arrangement,  history, culture and orchestration are an integral part of each session. Traditional African music is very connected to many dances and songs. Songs and basic dance steps may be taught to give a larger musical and cultural understanding. Each session would be 30 to 45 minutes for primary grades and 45 to 60 minutes for 5th grade and up. It is available as a one time workshop, or as a series to occur over several weeks.

DANCE

 The study of traditional folk dance from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States will be taught inclusive of history and folklore. Body coordination necessary to execute movements that convey a message, symbol, or tell a story will be practiced. When circumstances permit, students will be instructed in how to play the music for their dances on drums and small percussion. Each session is 30 to 45 minutes for primary grades and 45 to 60 minutes for 5th grade and up. It is available as a one time workshop, or as a series to occur over several weeks. Students that excel in behavior and ability will be encouraged to perform for faculty, peers, and special events.