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September 28th

NEW: Bastien’s New Traditions, All In One Piano Course

Jane Bastien and her two daughters, Lisa and Lori, have written a new piano method called “New Traditions.” Written… read more

September 27th

Traditions & Fun: Great New Christmas Arrangements for Young Band

by Ken Tilger – Band Education Specialist – Each year in previewing the new band releases, we keep an ear out… read more

September 29th

Is It Halloween, Already?????

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist No, it isn’t Halloween, already. It’s just that we musicians… read more

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Title: Picante


Voicing/Format: Accompaniment/Performance CD
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corp
Composer: Jimenez, Alejandro
Catalog #: 09971498 Price: $34.99

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Hola Amigos! Experience authentic music styles of the Afro-Spanish-Caribbean by Puerto Rican-born author & bi-lingual educator, Alejandro Jimenez. Connect with educational philosophies and cultural backgrounds of the Spanish Caribbean to understand how they influenced the music of that area. Learn how song, dance, rhythmic instruments and drama all come together to help build confidence and promote personal expression. Originally developed and used in urban, multi-cultural settings here in the United States, the works featured in Picante are for all general music classes. Students form their own Latin Music ensembles and explore the highly rhythmic beat of the plena from Puerto Rico, the regueton which is popular among urban Latino youth, the fast two-step beat of the merengue from the Dominican Republic, the bomba from Puerto Rican folk music, and the son from Cuban dance music. These different styles influenced what we now call Salsa music. The kid-friendly ensembles have been written for Grades 5-9 and are presented from easy to more difficult. A variety of short, easily-learned ostinato rhythm patterns are played on Latin percussion and Orff instruments and added one at a time, followed by the Spanish and English lyrics. These voice parts are also made up of short ostinato patterns that, when layered in, create easily-sung harmonies in an instant! You can perform all or some of the voice parts, so do what best fits your situation. A helpful teaching sequence, dance steps
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