Hola Amigos! Hold on to your Sombreros as we explore music from Latin America and Spain, including traditional and modern folk songs. Students will create connections with Spanish vocabulary, learn musical meter through Flamenco and Andulusian dances, and explore classical music featuring the guitar.
As we explore the music and culture, we’ll land on the beautiful coastlines of Spain, where Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, takes us through the country with Concierto de Aranjuez- a piece that established his reputation as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the 20th century. The Concierto de Aranjuez was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the spring resort palace and gardens built by Philip II in the last half of the 16th century and rebuilt in the middle of the 18th century by Ferdinand VI. The composition attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature.
This month, our students focus on Meter: a tool used to organize rhythmic patterns, accents, and beats. The meter of a song is usually indicated at the beginning of the piece with a pseudo-fraction. This fraction indicates how many beats the performer can expect in each measure. Meter can also give insight to the strong and weak beats in the music and how they should be inflected when played. Mastering meter ensures our young musicians are able to read rhythm confidently and perform various styles of music.
Students in the Autumn/Winter classes will learn the differentiation duple (4/4) and triple (3/4) meter through the exploration of strong beats and weak beats.
Vivaldi Seasons students will finish their journey with basic spanish vocabulary, including counting, greetings, and parts of the body. Throughout the month they’ll have practiced rhythm recall, identifying patterns, and tactile repetition.
We look forward to a festive month of celebrating Independence Days for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua,Mexico and Chile!
!Viva la Musica!