Here are just a few of the Mirari Brass Quintet’s outreach offerings for elementary-aged kids. They are more than happy to custom-design additional programs as well.
THE SCIENCE OF SOUND
How do brass instruments work? What are the differences between them? How do you make so many sounds? These are some of the questions we are often asked by young students, and we will demonstrate the answers through some of the following interactive games:
Good Vibrations: We use our homemade “hose-a-phones” to show how a vibrating column of air produces higher and lower sounds.
The Color of Brass: As we play different styles and moods, students will draw pictures to explain the sounds that they are hearing. For very large groups, students can vote on which picture we hold up best represents what they are hearing.
What Does It Do? We bring many different instruments and mutes to our concerts and show through a series of short musical examples what each of them do to change the sound of the group.
You Be the Conductor: Several lucky audience members get to conduct the Mirari Brass in a spontaneous improvised performance! The rest of the students will act as the rhythm section and keep the beat.
Where Is the Melody? We use a Bach fugue that passes the melody around the group many times. Each student is responsible for a different member of the quintet and stands up when they hear their melody.
MIRARI BRASS GOES TO THE ZOO!
Story time with the brass quintet. Along with narration, we play two animal-based works for quintet that introduce students of all ages to the sonic possibilities offered by brass instruments. The first, Anthony Plog’s Animal Ditties, is a lighthearted and humorous set of Ogden Nash poetry, featuring such fun movements as The Ant, The Python, The Rhinoceros, and The Mule. The second is The Race by Gwyneth Walker, a contemporary retelling of “The Tortoise and The Hare.” We welcome a teacher or school principal to be the narrator for this piece! In the middle of the program, we will have time for questions from the students.