The North Mianus School first graders – all FOUR sections – enjoyed a drumming treat on Wednesday, when Henry Jones, founder and lead instructor at Infinite Roots, shared a wide range of African percussion instruments in an interactive adventure, complete with quizzes and fun anecdotes. The children learned from Mr. Jones that historically, drums have been used for pomp and circumstance in African kingdoms. Specifically, he explained that the King’s Rhythm, referred to the king marching along behind his drummers for dramatic effect.
Mr. Jones’ visit was coordinated by the PTA’s curriculum enrichment program, which provides additional program support across all grade levels.
Throughout the year, the PTA, through curriculum enrichment, organizes “Mianus Melodies,” in the cafeteria. Once a month the children enjoy live musical performances while they eat lunch.
On Wednesday morning Mrs. Guinta’s first graders enjoyed an interactive session with Mr. Jones. The children were engrossed in the program and learned a bit of history and geography in the midst of all the music.
By the end of the session, the children could easily recite the names of several instruments, as well as several countries in Africa where the instruments might typically be found, including Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.