Monday, August 31, 2009

Music to my ears!

Today, I talked to Francis Coates, one of the two Music Coordinators at Please Touch Museum, who shared insights about the importance of performing and musical arts for children.

Pinky: So why are music and the performing arts so important for kids?

Francis: Music, dance, and theater teach us to be creative and think out of the box. Please Touch Museum is very dedicated to this, and my job as Music Coordinator is to provide an atmosphere in the museum where children can express themselves creatively through music.

Pinky: I love music! What new music programs are going on this month?
Francis: We just started a Drum Circle in Hamilton Hall! About 3 times a week, we meet in front of the torch and play different drums. Kids get to experiment with all kinds of cool instruments from around the world! Some of these include hand drums like the Djembe ,Congo, and Bongo from Africa. The drum circle provides children and adults an opportunity to play together as an ensemble, and everyone gets a solo! This means that we start with one person in the circle and everyone gets an opportunity to be a "featured performer" in the ensemble. Not only does this allow children to learn about drums and creating different rhythms, but it also supports the museum's mission of creating learning opportunities through play by letting kids explore their imagination, creative thinking skills and interpersonal relationships in an interactive, fun environment!

Pinky: Wow, I can't wait to check out a Drum Circle! How can visitors see what's going on the day they visit?
Francis: The easiest way is to check the "Today's Fun" signs located throughout the museum floor to see the time and location of different musical events. Music programming is at 3 p.m. in various locations throughout the gallery floor. You can also check our online events calendar.

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