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Music of the Islands, Music of the Sea: Pacific Island Singing and Drumming

In this one-week camp, explore the music that inspired Moana. For one hour each day we will create instruments and explore rhythm, music, and movement inspired by the music of the Pacific Islands.
Ms. Annette (she/her)
106 total reviews for this teacher
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
4-7
year olds
3-8
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Learners will explore high and low sounds both with their voices, movements, and percussion instruments.
Learners will move their bodies, play, and sing to a fast and slow beat.
Learners will understand the difference between the steady beat and rhythm.
Learners will keep the steady beat with body percussion and instruments they have created themselves.
Learners will understand the role of instruments, songs, and music in stories and celebration.
Learners will understand the role of music in various Pacific Island cultures.
This will be my third time teaching this camp online. I have taught the material in person several times and spent a great deal of time researching the music from multiple Pacific Island cultures as well as investigating the crafting and playing of the instruments, body percussion, and storytelling through movement. I teach from a place of respect, seeking to help the learners move beyond the movie depiction of Polynesian culture in a way that honors the long-standing traditions of music both on the islands and on the sea.
Each day, learners will be asked to work with their grown-ups to create a homemade percussion instrument.  The instruments can be as simple or complex as you desire! I will show an example at the end of each class for the next day.
Please keep a small basket for camp with the following materials available to use throughout the week: DAY 1: an empty box with a whole cut in the top to make a "lali drum" and two wooden spoons for "drumsticks" DAY 2: Yesterday's instrument plus a rolled up reed placement or rolled up newspaper DAY 3: Previous instruments plus a bucket, pail, or other container to act as a drum as well as a length of string or rope DAY 4: One or two paper towel or toilet paper rolls with a "fringe" of approximately an inch cut in the top as well as previous instruments and a shell, if possible
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Grown ups, please assist your learners in creating their instruments each day for the next class. This is especially important when making the lali drum for day one, as it involves cutting cardboard.
This class is very active, so please make sure your learner has a safe place to dance and move their bodies.
While references will be made to the music and movie Moana as well as the Hal Leonard book "The Beat of Your Heart," we will be looking at source material from various Pacific Island cultures and how it relates to the music and story found in the movie. Brief videos featuring Indigenous women will be shared in class to help teach these concepts in an authentic and respectful manner.

Teacher

Ms. Annette (she/her)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Teaching Artist, Bookworm, Singer, and Dreamer
106 total reviews
115 completed classes

About Me

Hello there! My name is Annette, and I am so excited to be part of the Outschool learning community! I have been teaching for over 25 years, and have a teaching certification for preschool through high school music. While pursuing my Bachelor of... 
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