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Program Description
Experience the joy and passion of West African culture through the study of its vibrant music, intricate poly-rhythms, call and response singing style, athletic dance steps and artful choreography. This team building residency uses hands on, educational games and exercises to give students a deeper understanding of the wealth and diversity of West African culture, while teaching music, dance and performance fundamentals. West African greetings, traditions and customs are discussed to pique kids’ interest in new cultures, expand their world views and increase their global awareness.

Final Product
Students will be able to play a traditional Guinean poly-rhythm on the drums, execute the corresponding dance steps, sing a call and response song, play half time and double time on the shakers, greet each other in the Susu language, find Guinea on the world map and talk about the cultural context of the rhythm and dance presented.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will critically examine how a work of art reflects an artist’s environment and personal experience within a society or culture.
  • Students will discuss how the arts serve a variety of personal, professional, practical, economic, community and cultural needs.
  • Students will compare and contrast past and present situations, people, and events in neighborhoods and communities.
  • Students will demonstrate the skills and dispositions needed to be a critical consumer of information.
  • Students will develop an understanding of fractions as numbers.

Suggested Grades

  • Appropriate for all grade levels.

Pricing Breakdown

  • Minimum/recommended # of visits + time per visit (est. cost per classroom)
  • Prep hours (est. cost per classroom/hours of instruction)
  • Materials (est. cost per student/project): 1-time $50 equipment fee
  • Travel (from Eugene)