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Obo Addy Legacy Project

Limited Availability Available after 3rd week in May

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

To use drumming techniques from the various cultures of Ghana, West Africa to explore the social, cultural and historical roles of music and rhythm.

 

To work cooperatively with others, using effective modes of communication, drumming both as soloists and ensemble members.

 

That by using different techniques, students can make different sounds with the drum, and they can change the impact their playing has by changing the sounds they make.
To practice consistently, even through frustration, leads to improvement and builds rigorous work habits.

BIO

The Obo Addy Legacy Project breaks down stereotypes by teaching the drumming of Ghana by showcasing the variety of music that comes from Ghana, West Africa. The program will take students to the country of Ghana, allow them to travel throughout the countryside, and hear the songs from each of the major regions and ethnic groups. Drumming instruction is the core of our residency program. We stress kinesthetic learning, collaboration and creativity.

DISCIPLINES

Dance,Music,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,6-8,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

The Obo Addy Legacy Project has created a program that showcases the variety of music and dance that comes from their homeland in Ghana, West Africa, a country that has over forty different languages and many ethnic groups. Each ethnic group uses different instruments and different styles of music. The program will allow students to travel throughout the countryside, hear the songs and experience the dances from each of the major regions and ethnic  groups.

 

This is a performance that can be used as a kick-off to a Right Brain residency, giving students and teachers a context for the work they are getting ready to do.

 

Appropriate for all age levels.

 

RESIDENCY:

 

This residency  is an introduction of the hand drumming of Ghana, West Africa.  Students learn the five hand techniques and work on striking the drum correctly.

 

Students will use the techniques to create patterns and rhythms and will learn to play in ensemble format.  In addition to hand drumming, students will learn to play bell patterns and to sing a traditional song.  Each student will learn to create a solo drum pattern to play during the ensemble performance.  It is possible to plan for the students to perform for the school as a conclusion to the teaching sessions. This residency  provides an introduction to the hand drumming of Ghana, West Africa.  Students learn the five hand techniques and work on striking the drum correctly. Alex Addy and Charles Armah carry on the traditional program as taught by the late Obo Addy with authenticity and enthusiasm.

 

Traditional- activities or skills taught by an older generation of parents and grandparents to a newer generation of young people.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Curricular connections include:

  • Literacy (including ELA, Scientific & Numerical, Visual and Technological Literacies)
  • Math (exploring the mathematical concepts behind rhythm and polyrhythms)
  • Cross Disciplinary Thinking
  • We have connected to programs most successfully where the classes have studied something about Africa and recognize that Ghana is one country but can be recontextualized to the many.

 

We address Oregon content standards in our residencies: Some are listed below.

  • Create, present and perform works of art.
  • Understand how the arts can reflect the environment and personal experiences within a
  • society or culture, and apply to one’s own work.
  • Distinguish works of art from different societies, time periods and cultures.

GALLERY

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FEE INFO

$1000 for local performances.

Residency costs $60 per session, individual workshops are $80 (two must be scheduled).

Planning and reflection meetings are charged at $60/hr.

Obo Addy Legacy Project will bring a drum for each student to use during the residency. We charge an equipment rental fee of $20 a day for use of the drums and transporting them.
Mileage extra if beyond 15 miles from downtown Portland.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

(503) 288-3025

Email:

susan@oboaddylegacyproject.org

Website:

http://www.oboaddylegacyproject.org

REFERENCES

Nancy Torbert

Principal

torbert2@gresham.k12.or.us

503-663-7483

Kelly Creek Elementary

Beth Bundy

Librarian

ebundy@pps.net

(503) 916-5660 ext 78801

Chief Joseph-Ockley Green

Mark Hansen

Teacher

mhansen@pps.net

503.916.6360

Meriweather Lewis School

5th grade


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