Fourth-grade students involved in the CASA Percussion Residency have been working closely with the members of Talujon and teaching artists from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College to create original works for percussion ensemble. During the residency, students were exposed to a wide range of musical styles and concepts, and have learned what goes into creating a piece of music and improvising. The pieces we have created are a culmination of the topics discussed in the class and have been a collaboration between these ideas and the imagination of the students themselves. Traditional musical concepts ranging from “call and response” music from Africa to the incorporation of Gamelan rhythms are being applied to found instruments as well as percussion instruments that have been introduced throughout the residency. The result of this work is original pieces of music that demonstrate the skills learned in our classes and gives the students an opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians. They proudly performed for Chancellor Carranza on April 30, 2018.
– by Principal Veronica Depaolo