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Online Session for Teachers: Brazilian Music in the Classroom

This 3-session workshop for music educators will provide a quick practical survey of musical elements found in the Samba musical tradition typical of the Southeast Region of Brazil, especially in cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Participating educators will be introduced to Samba through singing and performing traditional songs and rhythms. Along its performance, each concept presented will explore practical applications and suggestions for incorporating them into classroom activities. Participants will learn about further resources on this music, including recordings, score repositories and method books. One may choose to attend only one independent session, though it is highly recommended to attend the entire Samba Module.

The “Brazilian Music in the Classroom: applied concepts” is an ongoing professional development opportunity to discover Brazilian music and explore its possible applications in the classroom. The series takes participating educators through the rich traditions of Brazil, exploring the richness of the musicfrom all regions of the Country, including the well-known Samba, Samba-reggae and Baião, to the lesser known ijexá, Maracatu and Bumba-meu-Boi rhythms. The series is imagined as a tour through the different musical traditions, from the South, Southeast, and Center-West, to the Northeast and North regions of Brazil.

Session 1: Brazilian Samba: basic concepts

This session will explore some basic musical concepts as related to the Brazilian Samba tradition, from the southeast region of Brazil. Participants will be led through and learn a few simple Samba songs – lyrics and melodies, basic rhythmic structure and basic clapping patterns, along with suggestions of possibilities for use in the classroom. Topics discussed in this session include: the 2/4 measure in samba, phrase of 16 minimal values, emphasis on beat 2, clapping patterns, and a few circle samba songs.

Session 2: Brazilian Samba: developing a learning context

This session will further explore and develop musical concepts as related to the Brazilian Samba tradition from the southeast region of Brazil. Participants will be led through and learn a few simple Samba songs – lyrics and melodies, learn to understand the two ‘sides’ of the phrase structures, and learn a few tamborim and Brazilianguitar rhythmic patterns. Topics discussed in this session include: the two ‘sides’: the 7 side and 9 side, the concept co-metric and counter-metric rhythms as related to samba, the concept of rhythmic imparity, and the additive logic to build horizontal rhythms on tamborim and guitar.

Session 3: Brazilian Samba: advanced concepts

This session will further explore musical concepts as related to the Brazilian Samba tradition from the southeast region of Brazil. In addition to learning a few more rhythmic patterns as played by the 4-string Cavaquinho and repique de mão, participants will also explore variants of samba including Partido-Alto, Sambade Roda and Samba School Samba. The session will finalize with an introductory survey of typical call and response rhythms used during carnival festivities.

Dates:

Fridays: November 6, 20, December 4, 2020

Time:

5:00-6:15 p.m.

Location:

This is a virtual/Zoom

Workshop Fee:

  • $50 per class or $120 for all three sessions
  • Discounts:
    • Rowan student fee: $10 for all 3 sessions
      • Please select the Registrations for Session 1, 2, 3 below
      • Must be logged in with your Rowan Student email (Discount of $110 will automatically be reflected at checkout)

Refund Policy:

No refunds will be issued for any reason unless the Rowan Community Music School cancels the Workshop/Class or Professional Development Sessions.