Musical instruments have helped us to communicate and express ourselves since the dawn of humanity. Learning to build and play our own musical instruments slows us down, connects us to our bodies and to our self-expression, and helps us to rediscover a sense of wonder, curiosity, and play.
In these residencies students are introduced to musical instruments that have been made across Central and South America for thousands of years and learn through a step-by-step process with simple pottery techniques to construct their own one-of-a-kind rattles or flutes with clay. Together we navigate between the functional and visual aspects of Pre-Columbian instrument-making, exploring dimensions of sound like timbre, pitch and volume, while developing personal story through design and decoration. Throughout the process experimentation, individual expression, creative decision making, and problem solving are emphasized.
Residency can be delivered in English and/or Spanish
Grades 4th - 8th: Rattle building
Grades 7th - 12th: Flute building
Minimum of 5 sessions x 45 min each
Additional Costs for Supplies:
Appropriate Grade Levels:
$50-200 - Cost of clay (depends on number of students)
$0 – Tools are provided by TA
$100-200 – Cost of firing if there is no kiln onsite (depends on number of instruments)
$TBC – Delivery of fired instruments if firing is managed by TA
4 - 8
ELA, Literacy, STEAM, Social Studies, History, Geography, Creative Writing, Math, Character Development, World Culture
Specialties: ELL, Special Education
*Our team is well versed in teaching EVERY age group and will custom design your program to meet your goals. We can weave the power of creative writing, dance, theatre, visual arts, music, and storytelling together with ANY school subject to inspire learning. All of our programs are available In-Person, Virtual, or Hybrid.
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