Spring 2016 – Oceania and Pacific Islands

All Around This World

Join us as we explore the music of Oceania & the Pacific Islands

oceania-waterscape

In class this season we’re going to start in Australia, head just a touch north to Papua New Guinea, visit other parts of Melanesia (focusing on Fiji and New Caledonia), go north again to Micronesia (featuring Guam and Kiribati), then work our way eastward to Polynesia, where we’ll visit Tahiti, Hawaii and end up way south in New Zealand.  While these blue-water, blue-sky locales have become a dream destination for international travelers—and we can appreciate that—but rather than look at these islands as nothing more than tremendous tourist traps, our exploration will engage the islands’ tremendously rich musics and cultures.

Each class is 45 minutes long. We start the class with the Hello Song, and then sing about more three songs seated on the floor. This activity includes patting, clapping, hand motions, or rocking, rowing, swaying and wiggling.

Next we do an “up and around the room” song, where we fly, swim, bounce, hop, spin, tiptoe, run or dance around the room. After this, we do about two songs using instruments such as drums, claves (sticks), shaker eggs or tambourines.

By now, it is time for a little free movement, so we get out the scarves and dance, twirl or play peek-a-boo while listening to authentic music from today’s focus country. There is usually one or two more songs after scarves, often a lullaby to soften the mood and pace.

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Next comes the “Experience.” During the Experience, we learn a dance, or act out a custom or holiday celebration that comes from our focus country, while listening to traditional music. We end class with a free “playalong,” where kids choose an instrument and play to music, followed by the Goodbye Song, and High 5’s all around.

Class Schedule for Spring 2016

There are seven (7) Wednesday classes and six (6) Saturday classes in the Spring 2016 session. You can choose to attend either a Wednesday or Saturday session each week. Each class is 45 minutes long.

Wednesday class
(infant to 3 years)
Starts at 10:00 am
Saturday class
(all ages)
Starts at 10:30 am
Week 1,
Australia:
April 13 NO CLASS
Week 2,
Papua New Guinea
April 20 April 23
Week 3,
Fiji
April 27 April 30
Week 4,
Guam
May 4 May 7
Week 5,
Tahiti
May 11 May 14
Week 6,
Hawaii
May 18 May 21
Week 7,
New Zealand
May 25 NO CLASS
May 28

Introducing the Saturday Pass!

Purchase a 5-class pass that does not expire season to season This pass is available for Saturday classes only at $75 for one child, $95 for two siblings. Sign up now!

Early-bird pricing
(good through April 1, 2016)

WEDNESDAY CLASS (7 weeks)
$77 for one sibling
$105 for two (2) siblings

SATURDAY CLASS (5 weeks)
$66 for one sibling
$90 for two (2) siblings

Regular pricing
(starting April 2, 2016)

WEDNESDAY CLASS (7 weeks)
$105 for one sibling
$133 for two (2) siblings

SATURDAY CLASS (5 weeks)
$75 for one sibling
$95 for two (2) siblings

What our happy parents say...

  • "This is a fantastic program. Elizabeth is just amazing!!!... The class absolutely has value. The curriculum and instructor far exceed the skill and musical level of any other class I’ve tried."

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