The Shanteyman-What to Expect

Shanteyman programs include: one or two 30-45 minute large group assemblies for grades K-8, or, full-day presentations to general music classes, or a residency program (2-3 days, consecutive or over a period of time.)

The large group assemblies will experience music of the sailor, e.g., shanties, ballads (forebitters) and songs about the sea. They will perform is a ‘fufu’ band, or percussion ensemble of pots and pans! They will move to the heritage beat of a shanty or have a tug of war on a block-and-tackle. We’ll improvise word chants and songs to create our own homework shanties and learn about the mechanical advantage of simple machines through video projections and hands-on use of pulleys and levers.ship

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