Artists teaching Whitney Young students African drums and dancing - October 26, 2007

Record Number: 3553
Displayed from: Oct 26, 2007 , until: Nov 30, 2007

Over a period of six weeks, pre-k students at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center will learn African drums and dancing from artists in residence Abass Camara and Soriba Simbo Camara, who are famous for their musical skills in their hometown of Conakry, Guinea, in West Africa. The lessons began last week and continue through November. At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26, the students will put on a performance for family and friends. Each of the eight pre-k classes will receive six lessons with the artists learning how to play African drums and perform African dances. During the lessons, they also learn about the culture of West Africa. "The children will be experiencing different pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, different dances from the artists' region in Africa as well as learning some different words and languages Abass and Simbo speak," Music Teacher Jen Meyer said. "This is not only an incredible music and movement experience for the children and adults, but a once-in-a-lifetime cultural opportunity." Abass and Simbo speak five different languages and have taught the students about West African food and weather and even how the culture views triplets (as a sign of good luck). MEDIA: Please join us at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Whitney Young, 1026 E. Pontiac St., to see the program in action.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.