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Música Brasileira: Spice Up Your Group Piano Classes with Musical Styles from Brazil by Ricardo Pozenatto - Collegiate
Samba, Bossa Nova, and Baião are very popular music and dance styles from Brazil. They represent Brazilian history, people, and traditions. Their joyful and cheerful rhythms can be effectively incorporated into group piano instruction, enhancing creativity, cooperative learning, and cultural exchange among students. In this session I will explore a variety of activities inspired by these rhythms that can easily be incorporated in your piano classes. Activities can be used to develop the skills of improvisation, ensemble playing, harmonization, and chord progressions. Besides, these styles provide musical elements that are useful in the understanding of musical forms (e.g., ABA, Rondo) and music theory (e.g., chords with sevenths, mode mixture chords, modal harmonies). Students will be motivated to use these colorful and exciting Brazilian styles full of movement and energy.
The first part of the session will include historical background on the traditions of these Brazilian music styles: Samba, Bossa Nova, and Baião. I will display video examples and introduce to the audience diverse percussion instruments that can be included in the class piano ensemble playing. The second part of the session will be reserved for the creation of ensemble music sheets for the group piano setting. This part will be interactive as I will request volunteers from the audience to participate in the ensemble playing demonstrations. Focus on this part will the Bossa Nova and the Baião styles. Time for questions and answers will conclude the session.
Ricardo Pozenatto is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University under the guidance of Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla. He serves as the president of the MTNA@FSU, the collegiate chapter of the Music Teachers National Association at FSU. Ricardo has appeared as a presenter in FSMTA and FMEA conferences in addition to the 2019 NCKP (National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy) and the 2020 GP 3 Forum.