Group program for students ages 5 and up
The Marimba Magic program offers musicianship training to students as they play marimbas and drums in a group. Musical concepts are learned through creative explorations on the instruments, as well as through playing pieces from written music. Students joyously make up their own music on marimbas, a skill they can transfer to the piano with an identical keyboard.
Playing in a drum circle further enhances rhythmic precision and improvisational expression. Conducting, singing, movement, and composition allow full integration of musical concepts.
Each level of Marimba Magic provides further mastery of scales, chords, transposing, improvising, and composing, as well as the opportunity to play more complex ensemble pieces. Marimba Magic ensembles perform regularly, with advanced groups performing in Boston and at national conferences.
Sarah Tenney, marimba ensembles director