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Alex Addy

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

My goal is to teach the students respect for the culture and each other while sharing specific drumming and musical techniques.through the lens of discipline and focus. I was born in Ghana and came to the United States to join my father Obo Addy. I teach the basic techniques of hand drumming in a way that allows each student to succeed individually and as a group.

 

DISCIPLINES

Music,

GRADE BANDS

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

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English, Other, 

LANGUAGE DETAILS

Fluent, 

WORK WITH STUDENTS

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. Students will sit in a circle and play the drums, sing and learn simple movements. They learn to use the techniques to create patterns and rhythms and play in an ensemble format.

Students learn different drum patterns and have opportunities to perform for their peers as soloists in addition to being part of the ensemble.

Students also learn to sing and dance traditional Ghanaian music in addition to the drumming techniques.

Each session includes a discussion of different aspects of life in Ghana: What are the schools like? What is family life like? What kind of houses do people live in? What was it like to come to this country as a teenager?

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.

GALLERY

FEE INFO

Residency Session- $70

Planning Meeting- $70

Teacher’s Workshop- $300

Introductory Performance- $1000

Culminating Event- $360

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900x231

Email:

josephine@ya-or.org

Website:

http://www.ya-or.org/

REFERENCES

Sarah Crane

Director of Student Services

cranesa@hsd.k12.or.us

503-844-1443

Hillsboro School District

Administrative

John Pede

Principal

PedeJ@hsd.k12.or.us

(503) 844-1580

Poynter Middle School

Administration

Erin Arias

Teacher

earias@pps.net

(503) 916-5686

Faubion K-8

2nd Grade


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