Opportunities for Educational Programs with Synchronicity:

We are offering a clinic for individual classes that would participate in the creation of a composition utilizing percussion instruments and piano.   The composition would be programmatically based on an Impressionist painting such as Van Gogh's "Starry Night" or a painting that strongly influenced some of the Impressionists, such as Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa."

With the assistance of the Art Department, the students would be introduced to some of the Impressionist painters and the characteristics that make their paintings "Impressionistic".   The concepts of color and texture and their relationship to emotions could be explored.

In our clinic we would introduce the concepts of color and texture in music.   We would also explain the pentatonic and whole tone scale systems which are a stylistically integral part of Impressionist music.   We would also establish an understanding of whole, half, quarter and eighth note rhythms as well as their corresponding rests.   The concept of dynamics would be established.  

The class could be separated into three groups with each group being assigned a different part of the painting.   The students would be asked to describe and associate sounds and emotions with their part of the painting.   We would assist them both melodically and rhythmically and conduct each group so there would be some cohesion in the ensemble.   As we proceed from group to group the composition has a progressive quality to it with a beginning, middle and end.   The melodic instruments will have their scale systems set up so the students have free choice of notes within a pre-established scale system.  

The class time would be approximately 50 minutes.   The recommended age group for this clinic would be 4 th thru 6 th grades, but it would certainly be possible to widen this range.

The assemblies would either be a program focusing on Impressionist music by the composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel with a connection to American Ragtime, or one tailored to the schools particular needs. The duo utilizes a vast array of percussion instruments and demonstrations of these as well as the piano are always a part of our programs. An opportunity for an interactive percussion piece with the children is also offered. The duo has a wide variety of music prepared for the various concerts we are performing so we would be happy to share that programming information should you desire a greater mixture of repertoire for the assemblies.


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