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Afro-Brazilian Drumming and Dance for General Music K-8 by Christopher Fashun
Samba is synonymous with the music and culture of Brazil and the annual celebration that is Carnaval. The tradition began in the early 20th century and has emerged as one of the most watched spectacles worldwide. Participants will learn the basic rhythms, dance, and choreographed movements for samba. Participants will learn how to adapt the rhythms to the K-8 general music classroom and have opportunities to play Brazilian instruments.
Christopher H. Fashun is an incredibly diverse and versatile conductor, performer, and music educator. He brings over two decades of experience as a music educator leading collegiate, high school, and middle school orchestra and band programs in addition to presenting sessions on Brazilian music and culture for general music at national and state music education conferences and workshops.
A 2019 recipient of a U.S. Postdoctoral Fulbright Award in All Disciplines, Dr. Fashun lived in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil researching and studying the dissemination of Afro-Brazilian music and culture.
An Assistant Professor of Music at Hope College, he serves as the Director of Orchestras, is the founder and Music Director of the Brazilian Drumming Ensemble, teaches applied percussion and world music, and is an instructor of instrumental music education.
When he’s not making music, he is either cycling, paddle boarding, or practicing Pilates and enjoying the fabulous beaches in Holland (in the summer, of course).
Samba history, terms, resources
Samba Enredo-Pega no Ganzaě chord changes and lyrics
Samba Scores Level 1, 2, 3
Brazilian Drumming Ensemble Samba Demonstration:
(Click on video to the right to view the demonstration)
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