Our innovative interactive programs bring a wealth of music, dance, and cultural diversity (from classical cello to blues harmonica to Swedish mouth music to classical Indian dance) to schools and groups of all ages. Students develop collaborative, communication, and character skills as our artists demonstrate, and encourage students to adopt, the open-minded, brave, humble attitudes inherent in making art with people different from oneself.
World on a String
World on a String, a full-day workshop adaptable to shorter and longer programs at all levels, explores the wide variety of world music played on strings and other instruments, including the body as musical instrument (percussive dance, singing, mouth percussion).
Figure & Ground
Figure & Ground, our newest program (in development), is an in-depth school residency exploring the relationship of heritage, creativity, community, and perspective. Resident artists work with school faculty across disciplines to carry out this theme. Students learn and create cross-cultural music and dance, culminating in a public concert.
The Dovetail Ensemble
The Dovetail Ensemble presents an exciting array of programs in cross-cultural music education for all levels. Students learn more about their own musical and cultural heritages while broadening their experience and gaining skills in musical, verbal, and non-verbal communication.
Interactive performances for all levels provide:
- an energetic program of song, instrumental music, and dance
- a real-time window into the process of arranging
- audience involvement in creating new music
- a welcoming introduction to diverse scales and rhythms
Classroom programs can be tailored to grades K-12:
Bigger Than Life: Creating a Soundtrack
Starting with an Appalachian or blues ballad, we’ll find sounds to illustrate the story. Then we’ll use hand and foot movement to link sounds into rhythms, explore the sounds of the presenters’ instruments, and create a new “soundtrack” for the story.
An adventurous and playful way to understand the basics of meter, this workshop uses movement, hand and foot percussion, and voice to explore the many varieties of triple meter, and of triplets within duple meter.
Step Right Up
Percussive dance leads the way into an exploration of the wealth of ways melody is made in world music. From the natural scales of Scandinavia to the variable blues scale to modern microtonal music, students will explore the creation of melody through a movement- and voice-based approach. Listening skills will be developed by identifying pitch and steps in various kinds of music.
Orchestra clinics and master classes include
- cross-cultural approaches to scale and melody
- bass lines and accompaniment for melody players
- movement-based approaches to rhythm