Music Is Mine is an after-school program partnership that teaches kids, grades K - 8, improvised music of different cultures based in Afro-Atlantic music forms. Students learn songs and play rhythms on percussion instruments, learn to make their own instruments, and have opportunities to perform in community settings. Improvisation is central to the learning environment, allowing students to invent and re-invent musical ideas and discover their unique musical voice. The curriculum includes:
1. World Music Survey – Students explore improvised music from around the world using western and non-western instruments, recordings and song, tailored, in part, to student demographics.
2. Music Literacy – Students learn music fundamentals – rhythm, tempo, dynamics, pitch.
3. Improvisation Fundamentals – Students apply basic music elements to open forms of music as instrumentalists, vocalists and composers.
AFA currently partners with the Grand Street Settlement Beacon Community Center offering K-3 students 30 to 40 minutes music education sessions, twice weekly, from November through June.