Interactive Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology Conference

NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab)
NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
35 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012 
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Saturday, August 6 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
The K-12 Music Classroom as a Social Justice Playground.

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This hands-on workshop is aimed at transforming our classrooms into safe and fertile playgrounds for social justice through music making. The musical games in this workshop are designed to provide opportunities for interpersonal connections, cross-cultural dialogue, and the musical skills necessary for students to come together as a community of empowered and socially conscious music makers. After analyzing the Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble Olodum’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us,” the group will collectively choose a social justice topic and then create, refine, and perform an original drum/chant composition responding to that topic. Participants will use their voices, percussion instruments, and MaKey MaKey (an interface to control digital audio with everyday objects), to learn Afro-Brazilian rhythms, orchestration, improvisation, and rhyming schemes to recreate Olodum’s mission of combating discrimination, boost the self-esteem and pride of African-Brazilians, and fight to secure civil and human rights for marginalized people.

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Martin Urbach

Doctoral Candidate in Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Percussionist Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach is a Latinx immigrant, educator, activist and composer. His work in the classroom is based on facilitating liberated spaces for youth to fall in love with music and to promote social justice through music making. He is currently a... Read More →

Saturday August 6, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Performance Studio 303 - 3rd Floor 35 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012