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Program Description
Samuel Becerra offers a hands-on program that explores ancient Mexican culture through music, his extensive flute collection, and clay sculptural masks. Whether your classroom is interested in flute-making, clay mask and figure sculpting, or music, Samuel’s ability to engage students through a variety of media will leave a lasting impression.

Final Product
Explore ancient Latin American and Andean cultures through music instruments and artifacts with Samuel as he shares his skills and knowledge about traditional and ethnic music and artistic expression. Options include:

  • Flute-making – Each student makes a six-pipe flute with readily available materials and learns to play basic tones and song lines.
  • Clay Molding and Sculpting – Students learn the process to produces masks and figures.
  • Music and Performance – As an accomplished guitar player, Samuel teaches group songs in Spanish and shares ancient instruments, many of which are only found in museums.

Learning Outcomes

  • Help students create, present or perform a work of art that demonstrates an idea, mood or feeling using essential elements or principles
  • Help students examine how a work of art reflects an artist’s environment and personal experience within a society or culture
  • Allow room for students to construct, support and refute interpretations of history using social or cultural perspectives
  • Help students reason with shapes and their attributes
  • Explain the reasons why similar investigations may have different results

Suggested Grades

  • Appropriate for all grade levels.

Pricing Breakdown

  • Minimum/recommended # of visits + time per visit (est. cost per classroom): Minimum of 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours (est. cost per classroom/hours of instruction)
  • Materials (est. cost per student/project): $1.75 or more per student
  • Travel (from Eugene)