Encouraging rhythm, sound production, call/response, and fun with music!
Notes from the ‘Progress Report’ of August 20, 2016 (week 4 of 5, Musical Trolley class):
Musical Trolley – We’ve been learning music skills through games that involve ‘running,’ ‘walking,’ and ‘resting’ to the beat, echo clapping, singing and body movement, as well as phonics and reading skills using a poem and hand percussion instruments.
Capoeira – Ilana Queiroz (on break)
View a video from one of her classes: Fun with Music!
Her thoughts and experience:
I believe that the more music and art, the better the world!
I play percussion. My forte is rhythm. For the last few years I have been teaching Capoeira, an art form that includes singing, clapping, dancing, and playing instruments like the agogô, berimbau, atabaque, reco-reco and pandeiro. It is a group event from the Afro-Brazilian culture and fits all ages, shapes, and genders.
I have been working with children since 2000. I teach kids from Transitional Kindergarten all the way to adults. I speak Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Teaching for me is serious deal. I believe that the educator is one of the most important roles in a society. I really believe in art and its possibilities.
Music is happiness, happiness is life. My husband plays the guitar and sings. We have a Bossa nova/Samba/contemporary Brazilian duo called Bossa Lounge Project. We play all around the city and outside of the city – from La Valencia, Stella Italian Restaurant at La Jolla Cove, to coffee shops like Kensington, Saint Tropez ( UTC), UCLA, and Los Angeles. I also play different gigs with different musicians. Flamenco Jazz at Café Sevilla San Diego, Long Beach and Riverside, R&B with Larry White (piano player and composer), and Cumbia, Salsa, and Brazilian music.