ARTIST AT SCHOOL
Proceeding of the workshop Culture at school
The activity begins with a brief geographical and historical introduction to the West Indies.
The workshop is adapted according to the age of the students and takes place in a circle. The main basic drum sounds are then presented and repeated. By also introducing some simple rhythms and accompaniments, the student is invited to identify the different sounds on the drum. The teaching is done by mimicry and metaphor since we are in the oral tradition. I introduce the main fundamentals of body percussion and recycled or invented percussion.
We repeat a few basic rhythms several times and then we start after a few simple instructions, games and improvisation exercises. Depending on the ability of each participant to play the drum, accessories, body percussion and recycled we try to create a musical piece together.
At the end of the workshop, each student leaves with a glossary on the terminology of the main instruments and rhythms of the West Indies with the scores, if necessary. This program has been presented in more than 150 schools in Quebec!
Sound and Rhythm Interactive and Therapeutic
Sound and Rhythm is a musical activity whose objective is to provide an interactive experience for a group of people with percussion.
Participants are placed in a circle in a safe and welcoming environment. Everyone gets involved in playing percussion together in order to promote the unity of the group. The emphasis is not on performance, but I focus on the development and well-being of the group.
By incorporating exercise into play, I try to integrate the body and the brain by stimulating the visual, auditory and tactile systems. I emphasize rhythm and balance. Participants can improve their motor coordination and body awareness.
With instruments adapted to the clientele (frame drum, djembes, small percussions that one strings, shakes or strikes 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 communication is other than speaking. The workshop promotes self-esteem, listening, concentration, memory, cooperation and self-confidence while developing new skills in the individual. Interactive percussion also helps break down isolation and reduce stress and anxiety. This program is prepared for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity Disorder) classes in schools and community centers that help people living with an intellectual disability. Sound and Rhythm also supports people with emotional and psychological difficulties.
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