Explore world music program March 24 at Del Mar Heights open house

Students James, Carmen, Yu Mei, Christian, and Laine with musician Kourosh Taghavi as part of the Del Mar Heights School World Music Program. Courtesy photo

Members of the Del Mar Heights PTA worked with arts teacher Andrew Smith to create the Del Mar Heights World Music Program to increase exposure to, understanding of, and ability with various musical traditions.

Each grade level has multiple instructional sessions with visiting musicians and dancers from various cultures. Students participate in creating and understanding music using a wide range of instruments. These instructional sessions often culminate with student concerts or presentations of learning.

This school year, students have spent time with Spanish flamenco dancer and musician Reyes Barrios, and with Kourosh Taghavi, a masterful Persian string musician. These artists’ unique perspectives allowed students to engage with traditions that are foreign to the Western ear.

Later in the year, students will work with West African percussionist and dancer Amara Camara and Indonesian gamelan musician Tyler Yamin, who will lead students in a gamelan orchestra.

Del Mar Heights School will host an informational evening for incoming kindergarteners and other prospective students on March 24. Mark your calendars to learn more about the World Music Program and other opportunities at Del Mar Heights School.


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