- The Percussion Cycle
Monday, July 9, 2018 - Friday, July 13, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Session 1: July 9-13, Grades 2-6 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) Instructor: Philip Levine and Nate Long
Join Irvington educator Philip Levine and composer Nate Long in this one-week class focused on the creation of musical sound through handmade percussion instruments. Philip is an experienced teacher and life long percussionist/drummer who will guide participants through a week of musical and MAKER education as they learn how musical sounds can be produced through recycled and repurposed materials in our MAKERspace workshop.
After some training on how to read, write and compose drum/percussion rhythms and how to play their MakerSpace created percussion instruments, the workshop culminates in a group percussion ensemble performance (location TBD) by all participants.
The workshop engages students on multiple levels and offers the unique STEAM experience of creating percussion instruments through a basic understanding of the science of sound while designing and refining homemade percussion instruments so they become useful and pleasurable objects. Using percussion rhythms along with traditional and non-tradition musical notation, students will create original percussion pieces and apply these rhythms to their Makerspace created percussion instruments in order to create a true musical experience. Finally by working with peers, students learn the importance of collaboration in delivering a performance based on the Makerspace work they have done.
We are thrilled to have Philip Levine working with us this summer!
When he was 8 years old, Philip began banging out original percussion rhythms on a large wooden bench. His first “gig,” was in his elementary school talent show playing drums to “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” along with a trumpet player and acoustic guitarist. Philip has continued performing as a drummer/percussionist for over 50 years. He currently “gigs” with a number of different local musical groups, is an active member of his temple band, teaches percussion/drum lessons privately and loves listening to and exploring all musical genres.
As a non-music educator, Philip has taught special education (elementary through high school), elementary education (grades two and five) and middle school science for over 37 years. He is currently teaching grade two in the Dows Lane School in Irvington, NY.