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Roots and Rhythm Residencies

Roots and Rhythm Residencies

Roots & Rhythm Residencies: Weaving words and rhythms, students will learn essential music skills playing drums from Africa and Latin America and percussion from around the globe. Spiced with song, stories, movement and spoken word, the classes develop skills of teamwork, listening and self-expression. They will compose rhythms and build a multi-layered rhythm ensemble. The Roots and Rhythm residency has a cultural arts theme, exploring diversity, creativity and global connections. It can be designed to integrate a specific curriculum focus: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Math "Wrap it in Rhythm" ť- ELA Focus Using text from poems, stories, and other content, students will use music to explore the use of rhythm, repetition, accent, and inflection, enhancing language fluency. "Vibration Celebration" ť- Science of Sound Focus Music on drums and wild, wacky percussion to explore vibration, wavelength, frequency, volume, pitch and other scientific sound phenomenon.

Artist Background

Beverly Botsford is a cross-cultural percussionist, blending music, movement, and spoken word in solo and ensemble presentations. Embracing drumming traditions of Africa, Cuba, South America and her native North Carolina, Beverly weaves colorful rhythmic tapestries with her infinite array of collected and homemade instruments. Her decades of experience include work with the African American Dance Ensemble, American Dance Festival, as well as sharing passion for rhythm and culture in hundreds of school and community residencies, performances and workshops. The language of rhythm is universal and Beverly brings decades of global experience, touring with Grammy nominated, jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon in major venues around the world.

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