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A Note From Music ~ Mr. Cohen ~ February 2018



February is Black History Month and a wonderful opportunity for Tashua students to experience African-American music throughout history. Students will get a chance to sing traditional spirituals and learn the history behind the music and how it emerged in the United States. Using percussion, we will experiment with African rhythms and the importance of drums in our culture. The fifth grade will also be introduced to one of the most influential genres of music established by African-American musicians; the BLUES! In addition to understanding the blues’ forms and structures, they will be given a chance to create their own blues to perform at their spring concert. This is truly an exciting month in music!
We also have been incredibly lucky to have Mr. Denke from Western CT State University with us for the month!
He has been a wonderful addition to our music program and has introduced many new and exciting ideas into
our music room! Thanks Mr. D!

February 2017 Tiger Times