Curriculum

Abes of Porto Rico

In the beginning there was rhythm. Then melody. Then harmony.

African and Brazilian songs – Folk songs from countries with a very strong folkloric music culture that have the power to draw together communities and touch a shared inner passion and cultural pride – Why African and Brazilian music?

Rhythm games – Rhythm and clapping games that encourage your child to feel a pulse, and begin to develop a natural sense for music and the language of rhythm

Listening to and appreciating music – A key aspect of our “pure music” method is to make sure children learn to understand the language of music through critical listening and musical appreciation

Piano middle C
Choose piano, guitar, bass or drums

African percussion – Bells, shakers, djembes and dunduns are accessible instruments to get your child into music-making. Having studied African percussion in Senegal, Guinea and Ghana, Laurence is an expert in teaching percussion using traditional African methods

African flute – Similar to the recorder, the African flute (from Ghana) is a good way to introduce your child to playing a pitched instrument and learning basic melodies

Instrumental lessons – In the Summer term of their first year, your child will choose their main instrument from piano, guitar, bass or drums. These lessons will be supported by practice videos and interactive media on the Members area of our website to help with home learning. Choose an instrument

Beyond the first year – Your child will continue to receive small-group instrumental tuition, supported by ensemble classes where your child will be able to play and perform  in bands with other instruments. They will also get the opportunity to record in a recording studio, and star in one of our videos!

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