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Meeting the Musical Explorers Artists

Curious to know what our Musical Explorers teachers learned at their professional development workshops this fall? Here is a little overview of the Musical Explorers artists we met during the workshops and some tips they have for exploring their music in the classroom.


Emeline Michel

Emeline Michel is a New York City–based Haitian singer and a returning artist to the Musical Explorers program. She first gives a quick tutorial on some conversational Haitian Creole phrases. She then sings the two songs that are featured in the Haitian Creole unit of this year’s curriculum: “La karidad,” which teaches movement, and “A.K.I.K.O.,” which was written for a friend of Emeline’s and features a really fun chorus that we learned as well.

 

The Wiyos

The Wiyos is a jug band also based in New York City. The group is very familiar with performing concerts for families in Carnegie Hall and around the city. Have a listen to their song “Who Stole the Lock?” and check out Michael’s washboard instrument, which is composed of “found objects” and makes quite a number of different sounds.

 

Sofia R. and Sofia T.

Sofia R. and Sofia T. are childhood friends from Argentina who both enjoy singing and playing percussion! Listen as they sing through their kitchen-themed song “La cocinerita.” After that, try to keep up as they clap through the traditional chacarera and palmas rhythms.

 


Musical Explorers is a program of the Weill Music Institute that helps children build basic music skills in the classroom as they learn songs from different cultures and reflect on their own communities.