The Abingdon West African Rhythm Ensemble is an extra-curricular music class instructed & directed by teacher David McDavitt. A.W.A.R.E. studies the musical performance & cultural significance of traditional ensemble drum-voice-dance music from West Africa (as well as related styles from Haiti, Brazil, & Japan). The club is comprised of a dedicated team of talented 3rd, 4th, and 5th -graders. We meet WEDNESDAYS after school.
Musical styles that we will study this year include:
GHANA: Kpanlogo [Ga], Atsia-Agbekor [Ewe], Adowa [ Ashanti], Sichyi [ Ashanti]; GUINEA: Limbadji Toko [Limbadji]; SENEGAL: Soma La (Mandinka); HAITI: Mahi; BRAZIL: Afoxe (Bahia); JAPAN: Nanafushi (taiko drums); INDIA: Dhimiki.
Research exploring the link between music and intelligence suggests that music training is superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning, logic, problem-solving, reading, and self-esteem: all skills crucial to Mathematics, Science, and Language Arts! Additionally, we are fostering our students’ “Musical Intelligences” in accordance with Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, promoting pride, accomplishment, and real-world educational problem-solving & products.