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PRIMARY SCHOOLS MUSIC WORKSHOPS

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Canela Fina! leads flamenco and salsa workshops linked with music curriculum for primary and secondary schools. Many schools have enjoyed with us, what are you waiting for?

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Starting with a high-quality live guitar, cajón or bongos music,  presentation about great musicians and traditional music from Spain or Cuba. Pupils will understand history of music and learn about syncopation, stress and speed applied to flamenco rhythms.

Our musicians can work on vocal aspects doing chorus, performing recital from memory, playing cajón solos, dancing or doing body percussion all together. It’s so much fun!

 

Music Workshops

Flamenco

Salsa

Salsa, samba, tango and rancheras

Traditional Spanish Songs

 

FLAMENCO WORKSHOP & STORYTELLING

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A Canela Fina Flamenco interactive session adds a wow factor to any school assembly. Our professional musicians and dancers will come in, perform some flamenco styles and give your pupils an inspirational introduction to dancing and playing like a real flamenco troupe.

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This engages the children’s attention, with many clapping their hands and moving to the beat of the music, becoming very excited as the dancer stomps their feet loudly on the floor.

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The multi-media presentation is varied, relevant and interesting and includes videos of children performing Flamenco and is led by a dancer in traditional costume, a singer/ cajón player and guitarist.

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The session focuses on the origins and history of Flamenco dancing and music, incorporating Spanish vocabulary, images, audio and video, live demonstrations and spoken explanations.

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The language used is aimed at children – the use of words is accessible for the particular age group. Children are encouraged to respond when greeted in Spanish, and Spanish words are emphasised and repeated  in the presentation.

Traditional shawls are also on display.

The assembly classes are divided into smaller groups. Girls are given flowers to wear in their hair and boys have red/blue satin cummerbunds to put on.

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FLAMENCO WORKSHOP

 

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Dance session

From Reception to Year 6

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Children clap and dance for Tangos or Rumba Flamenca led by the dancer and the session is accompanied by rhythmic guitar playing, with the beat emphasised by the session leader, who gives clear counting for each bar.

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This focuses on Flamenco rhythms using hanIMG_2429d clapping, stamping and the cajón. “Flamenco posture” is introduced, as are musical concepts such as counting and feeling a pulse, clapping/stamping rhythmic patterns.

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Children are taught a series of simple steps, incorporating hand-clapping and stamping patterns that they will be taught in the music cajón session. This allows them to work with familiar material and to progress quickly with easy understanding, as more complex steps are added.

Spanish vocabulary is used to give simple instructions and children are encouraged to respond in Spanish.

 

Optional Cajón session

From Year4 to Year 6

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Children are introduced to the cajón, and encouraged to try out techniques to produce differing sounds, and the difference between open and closed hand clapping.

TIMG_2390here is an excellent progression in the session, with extra challenges added in each time, and good use of differentiation for the varying levels in the group.

The group plays the cajón individually, taking turns to play cajon solos while the other children maintain the clapping patterns as an ostinato, developing their ensemble skills and encouraging them to follow the session leader, as he gives them clues to stop at the end of the pattern.

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Time:  30 minute session just dancing, clapping and body percussion. 45 minute session dancing, clapping, body percussion and playing cajón.
Participants:   30 students in each session.
Age: Dancing, clapping and body percussion from 5 years-old and cajón, Spanish drum from 8 years-old.

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FLAMENCO STORYTELLING

 

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Facilitated by an experienced flamenco dancer and storyteller, the story of flamenco dancing is brought to life in the most stimulating way. Children will learn flamenco dancing – combining dancing, music, clapping, castanets, shawls, dressing up, fun and more!

Optional live guitar music.

Time: 30 minutes session Reception and year 1, 45 minutes session Year 2 and Year3, 60 minutes session Year 4, 5 and 6
Participants: Maximum 60 children
Age: from Nursery to Year 6

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SALSA, SAMBA, TANGO & RANCHERAS STORYTELLING

 JOURNEY TO LATIN-AMERICA

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Exploring traditional music and dance from cultural Spanish speaking countries like Cuba, Argentinia and Mexico. Brazil can also be included. Students will learn the dance steps to Salsa, Samba or Tango and Rancheras, with Celia Cruz and many other captivating singers.

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Join us in ‘our detective adventure embarking on an American journey as we try to find Uncle Tito! It’s so much fun!

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Option: egg shakers to play while dancing salsa – new challenge!!!

Time: 30 minutes session Nursery, Reception and Year 1, 60 minutes session fromYear 3 to Year 6
Participants: Maximum 60 children per session
Age: from Nursery to Year 6

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TRADITIONAL SPANISH SONGS & GAMES

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This workshop brings classical Spanish games with music, to school playtime. It is a small repertoire, with different structures and aims. It is suitable for PE, Music and Spanish as it uses all these disciplines to teach the students while having fun. The kids will sing in teams. All the games are based on a Spanish song.

 

 

Testimonials

All of us in the year 4 team, including the children, just wanted to say a massive thank you to Canela Fina, involved in organising and running the Spanish workshop on Friday. All the children had a fantastic day and were really immersed in the activities. One boy in my class said: “It has been the best day ever!”

The workshop helped the children gain an insight into Spanish culture, which provided a fun and meaningful context for pupils to realize the benefits of learning a new language. Muchas gracias!

Natasha Craston – Teacher Chesterton Primary School (Flamenco Fun Workshops 60 Year 4 students)

 

The children enjoyed this explorative journey through the Latin American countries in which the story telling was brought to life with music, actions and props, not to mention very engaging and energetic work shop facilitators.  The pitch was adapted to meet the needs of the children and everyone (adults and children alike) thoroughly and enjoyed themselves and want to know when we can do it again! About Alejandro, the facilitator: Skilled at working with the children and brought the workshop alive with his knowledge of dance. A pleasure to work with.

Kerri-Anne Bannon – Teacher of Spanish – Tidemill Academy (Viaje a Latinaomerica storytelling: 120 year 5 and 6 students)

 

The games were great in getting the children energised for the afternoon. Mar, the facilitator, was an enthusiastic and highly engaging professional. She inspired the children with her energy and positivity and also was well-prepared throughout the session. Overall it was a great workshop and a lot of the children said that they enjoyed it a lot especially because they learnt some new games and Spanish.

Priya Dayi – Education and Primary FOCUS Co-ordinator – IntoUniversity (Traditional games – 20 year 5 and 6 students).