Music: Rhythm & Groove 101 (5-9 Years)
The world is full of rhythm; we breathe in and out, our hearts beat, the sun rises and sets, all in rhythm, even when we are sleeping.
In this course we will gain a deeper understanding of rhythm and groove and how to use it. We will start with basic hambone, an ancient type of body percussion used the world over. We’ll have fun with some foot stomping grooves like a French Canadian Lumberjack and learn the art of the jaw harp. Straight out of the kitchen we learn to play the spoons like a real east coast fisherman. We will take these new skills, move on to the didjeridu and learn the magic of circular breathing!
All this music comes from within, no uploads, no downloads, no batteries required. There will be a kit available for purchase and a short list of items to collect.
- Week 1: Basic rhythm; clapping polyrhythms, introduction to hambone.
- Week 2: Refresher on polyrhythm and continuation of hambone.
- Week 3: Continuing hambone, introduction of podorythmie, a percussive technique using feet as percussion instrument.
- Week 4: Putting it all together.
- Week 5: Introduction to the spoons.
- Week 6: More spoons, intro to rhythm bones, the percussive use of cow rib bones, wooden ‘bones’ are available too.
- Week 7: Kazoo, singing & beatbox.
- Week 8: Intro to jaw harp.
- Week 9: Continuing jaw harp.
- Week 10: Intro didjeridu. The students/parent will need to collect a tube or two from local fabric store.
- Week 11: Continuing didj.
- Week 12: Fun ending, hang out, questions, maybe jamming.
- Course Start Date: Monday 11th January, 2021 @ 10.30am Pacific | 1.30pm Eastern | 6.30pm UK
- Class Times: Mondays @ 10.30am Pacific | 1.30pm Eastern | 6.30pm UK
- Course Duration: 12 weeks.
- Class length: 40 minutes.
- Age range: 5-9 years old.
- Class size: Maximum of 10 students.
- Fees: $120 per student for the 12-week course.
The course fees are $120 per student for the 12-week course.
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About Your Teacher
A multi-instrumentalist, instrument maker, and music educator, Teilhard Frost specializes in traditional Appalachian folk music. He was raised on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, spending time with the elder fiddlers in the area.
At the age of three he was given a jaw harp and harmonica by his father, his mother gave him a fiddle, and a record of Kentucky fiddle tunes. He has continued to play them all ever since.
Teilhard is a founding member of acclaimed act Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son, who perform their highly entertaining show throughout Europe and North America. Together they have released 7 albums and have performed thousands of shows. Through excellent musicianship, stage antics, costume and lighting, Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son have indelibly changed the way people think of old time folk music.
In his youth, Teilhard danced ballet under the tutelage of Tini Pell, cultivating a deep love of movement, both physically and musically.
However, discouraged from following his interest in flatfoot clogging, he pursued, undercover, the dark art of folk dance. He has played for square, contra and folk dances for most of his life, touring the the world over for more than two decades, playing, calling and organizing events, bringing communities together through shared
movement and music.
Teilhard’s latest solo recording, As the Crow Flies, is a collection of traditional music found in the Appalachian highlands. The songs have strong ties to the British Isles while the fiddle tunes draw on ancient Scandinavian and northern Scottish modal settings and tunings,
conjuring a feeling of mystery and drama.
He lives on Wolfe Island in the St. Lawrence River where he makes banjos, teaches old time music and enjoys family life with his partner and their two daughters.