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Obo Addy Legacy Project

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

3-5,6-8,

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Other, 

LANGUAGE DETAILS

Fluent, 

WORK WITH STUDENTS

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

 

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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RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

Space: One designated classroom where students come to the artist.

Travel: I drive and am available for residencies more than 15 miles outside of Portland.

Breaks longer than an hour will be charged.

Supplies: We bring 30 hand carved drums from Ghana. The students sit on chairs set in a semicircle.

Technology: none

FEE INFO

$60 per hour for each hour of planning meetings, in-classroom teaching, reflection meetings, and prep time. We charge $20 a day for the usage of drums.


If student performances are requested, the fee is $120 performance to allow for prep time. Assembly performances by our full group are $1000.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

(503) 288-3025

Email:

susan@oboaddylegacyproject.org

Website:

https://www.oboaddylegacyproject.org

REFERENCES

Mark Hansen

Teacher

mhansen@pps.net

503.916.6360

Merriweather Lewis School

5th grade

Eryn Berg

Vice Principal

eberg@pps.net

503.916.6036

Alameda School

Serena Marquardt

Teacher

smarquardt@pps.net

503.916.5686

Faubion School

1st grade


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