CULTURE AT SHOOL PROGRAM Caribbean percussion workshop
Daniel Bellegarde of haitian origin bathed his youth in traditional music of this country, supported by a very active family in Haitian cultural life. He started drumming at the age of 16 and since then his fascination with Caribbean music never stopped.
In recent years, Daniel is dedicated to research on the Haitian peasant music of the Caribbean. He is particularly interested in the quadrille, the minuet-Kongo, the contredance, the Tumba Francesa and all dances that mix African and European inspiration.
He received a scholarship in development from Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and a grant from in 2013 the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). He got recently (2015) a new grant from CCA for production.Its goal is to work for the spread of this little-known music and find a new sound combination personal and different from the West indian tradition.
PROCEEDING of the WORKSHOP CULTURE AT SCHOOL
The activity begins with a brief historical and geographical explanation of the Caribbean.
The workshop is adapted according to the age of the students and takes place in a circle. The rhythms and basic drum sounds are then presented as well as various non - traditional percussions such as cheese grater, plastic materials, etc. By introducing some simple accompaniments, the student is asked to identify the different sounds on the drum.
We repeat the basic rhythms and then we incorporate interactive exercises of improvisation where each participant can choose the instrument to which he is most attracted, and bring his personal touch to musical harmony by following simple instructions. Then we incorporate exercises of memory and body percussion to create a musically rich group dynamics.
By teaching mimicry the traditional Caribbean rhythms we conclude the workshop by a group creation. At the end, each student leaves with a glossary on the terminology of the principal instruments and rhythms of the Antilles with the scores, if necessary
SOUND and RHYTHM Interactive and Therapeutic
SOUND and RHYTHM is a musical activity whose aim is to bring an interactive experience to a group of people through percussion.
Participants are placed in a circle in a safe and welcoming environment. Everyone is involved in playing percussion together in order to promote the unity of the group.
Emphasis is not on performance, but on the development and well-being of the group. Through interactive games with percussion, this activity promotes communication and creativity.
With instruments adapted to the clientele (frame drum, djembes, small percussions that one scratch, shake or strike with the stick or the hand), the percussion has the advantage of being accessible to everyone.
It is also an opportunity to create a place of positive belonging in addition to being a space of expression where the means of communicating is other than speech. The workshop values self-esteem, listening, Concentration, memory while developing new abilities in the individual. Interactive percussion helps break down the isolation and reduction of stress and anxiety
A big THANK YOU to Daniel Bellegarde for the percussion workshops, strong in energy and creativity, gave to my school this week! Daniel facilitated a Caribbean percussion workshop for each of my groups, from grade 3 to grade 6, and special needs classes. I saw beautiful big smiles in the children's faces! :)
A beautiful week, very well paced !
To all my fellow music educators, Daniel is enrolled in the artist repertoire of "Culture at School"! A talented artist!
Thanks again for the beautiful week that spent with us at school!
Julie Savard taught music at Saint-Pierre Claver School
Montreal School Board
This workshop allowed students in Secondary 1 to 3 to make several relevant learnings with the Québec Education Program.
A flawless stay !
Geneviève Proulx taught music at Du Versant School, Gatineau,
Les Draveurs School Board
They loved the workshop and enjoyed the workshop for a long time to experiment with more rhythm and instruments.
Lucie Ledoux taught music at St-Edmond School, Greenfield Park,
Marie-Victorin School Board
Teachers and students really enjoyed your workshops. Thank you!
Marc Servant school director Mère d'Youville, Iron School Board, Port Cartier
The pleasure was shared. Thank you to you and your beautiful energy!
Diane St-Laurent taught at Le Tournesol School, Beloeil, School Board of Patriots
Your visit to our school has been greatly appreciated. I have only had good comments about your workshops, both for small and large. Your activity has been a great success!
Mélanie Boudreault taught at l'Orée-des-Bois school Laval School Board