Outreach

Our mission... 

 

... is to educate, research, preserve, arrange, present, perform, and disseminate Afro-Cuban folk and traditional music and dance to children and adults of all nationalities, physical abilities, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

 

 

Adults Program

From its inception Conjunto Guantanamo has taught and performed for thousands of children in cities around the U.S.

 

and offering lectures and workshops. 

 

The group embarks on a journey through Cuban music basics and the unique world that surrounds it.

 

• Students begin by learning about the two different "clave" rhythms

 

• Next students explore the basic minor percussion instruments such as, maracas, guiro and cowbell

 

• Then they move on to learn a few basic musical building-block Cuban rhythms such as "tumbao" and "martillo" on their coresponding drums (conga and bongó)

 

• Students also learn other basics of Cuban son and differences between a slow and a fast tempo songs such as the Bolero and the Guaracha

 

In the end, Students come away with a sense of how truly fun it is to authenticaly play and dance traditional Cuban music by following it's simple structure.

 

 

Kids Program

PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS 

Conjunto Guantanamo teaches and performs for adults or children, unfolding a world of experience for students of all backgrounds in the context of Cuban traditional music and dance.

 

With English, Spanish and bilingual programs specially tailored to adults or children ------ and mindful of the State of New York Educational Goals for Music and Dance which seek to empower students to:

 

I-   Understand the principal sensory, formal, technical, and expressive qualities of music and dance. 

II-  Identify processes and tools required to produce  music and dance. 

III- Demonstrate basic skills necessary to participate in the creation and/or performance of music and/or dance. 

IV- Identify significant works in the arts from major historical periods and how they reflect societies, cultures, civilizations, past and present. 

V-  Describe the unique characteristics of music and dance. 

 

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