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Enrichment Classes

Students will complete their schedule by making enrichment preferences and be scheduled for one of the following choices:

NOTE: Each child will have one free period a day unless you register for an extra enrichment (extra cost). During their free period, students can play outside, observe other classes, practice, read a book, have a snack, etc. Practice rooms will be available and there will be areas to lounge.

Enrichment classes for PPSI 2020

African Singing, Dance, and Rhythm - for all ages
African cultural arts comprise a rich and vast world of sound, rhythm, movement, communication and community that naturally lend themselves to children's music education. This class will give students an opportunity to try some different techniques of African singing such as call and response, vocables and "clicking." We will learn a new song each day from a different region of Africa while also trying some simple traditional African dance steps and learning fundamental African rhythms on small, handheld percussion instruments. This will be an experiential, sensory delight for all ages!

Art: Explore Creativity - for all ages
Discover your inner artist as you join us for this fast paced visual art exploration. Paper, pencils, paint, polymer clay and other fun materials will give you the tools to create your own unique artwork. Develop skills that you will always be able to use for future school projects and enjoyment.

Chamber Music Ensemble - for cellist and violist in Book 3+, violinist Book 4+, pianist in Book 6+
Experience the challenge of playing in a small ensemble and collaborating musically and socially with peers at similar levels. Music and grouping will be determined following the close of registration and sent to students prior to the institute. Teacher recommendation is required. Extra fee.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics - for siblings only
Training of the body through rhythmic movement; the senses through intense listening; and creativity through imagination and improvisation in order to enrich and enliven music making. Ages 5 and up.

Fiddling – for violinists, violist, and cellists in Suzuki book 2 and up
Take a journey with your instrument and learn to jam! Students will be introduced to a sampling of traditional fiddle tunes from around the world and explore back-up techniques taught by ear.

African Marimba – for students 8 years old and above
Experience the joy of playing the enchanting Zimbabwean-style marimbas while enhancing your knowledge of music theory, harmony and rhythm. In this class we will learn traditional pieces from Zimbabwe and South Africa. Each day’s class will begin with technique and rhythmic exercises so that we can apply the best skills possible to this new instrument as we work toward developing full arrangements of our pieces.

Musikgarten - for siblings only
This class combines singing, listening, playing simple percussion instruments and movement in an integrated program for the young child. 18 months to 5 years old.

Taiko Drumming and Recorder – for students 8 years old and above
Please come join us (Toni Yagami and Lance Acker) to experience the Japanese taiko (drum) intertwined with Japanese takebue (bamboo flute) melodies!

We will use recorders to learn a Japanese melody; and the more advanced students, will hopefully be able to transfer that melody to the bamboo flute. We will learn the importance of taiko and the role it has played in Japanese history and culture. Then, using buckets to learn the basics of striking the taiko with bachi (drum sticks); the correct kata (body and movement); and learn a song using kuchi-showa (voice and then transfer it to the bucket taiko). Our end result will be a fun Japanese song that we can play together on the taiko and recorders/bamboo flutes!

Ukulele - for all ages
In this class, you will learn how to form chords and strum the ukulele while singing. You will also learn how to read tablature to play melodies without singing and will begin to combine harmony and melody simultaneously to play solos at a high level. The focus of each session will adjust to accommodate the needs of class members so everyone has fun, feels challenged, and walks away ready to dominate the crazy ukulele. This class is appropriate for children who are at least 4 years old and learning to play an instrument.

Sibling Enrichment
Non-Suzuki siblings can enroll in a maximum of three enrichment classes on a space available, age appropriate basis. Fill out a separate student registration form, pay the family registration fee, indicate "sibling" on the instrument line and number the enrichment choices in order of preference.



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