pianocologie is comprised of a trio partnership of musical educators Regina Brubaker, Natalie Doughty, and Scarlette Kerr. The objective of pianocologie is to provide meaningful learning opportunities for students outside of the typical lesson environment; creating an atmosphere where musical concepts are explored in innovative yet accessible ways. From 2017-2018, pianocologie has successfully hosted three workshops for student participants: "Music: Art in Motion," "Recipe for Musical Drama," and "Artistry at the Piano: It's a Piece of Cake." In May 2018, pianocologie was featured at the inaugural James Madison University pre-college piano day.
Music: Art in Motion explores the organic connections between music, art, and motion. Featured activities include moving to various orchestral excerpts with colored scarves, implementing emoji balls to express the emotion and direction of the beat or pulse, and using brushstrokes and paint color to mimic the articulation, shape, and feeling of the music. Participant ages: 7-14
"Who Stole Mozart's Theme?" is a children's festival modeled after the game of "Clue." In this event, student have to act as musical detectives to solve clues in order to find Mozart's missing theme. Led by the prime musical suspects, activities include educational games on articulation, dynamics, harmony, and rhythm, ending in a grand finale! Participant ages: 7-14
(done in conjunction with JMU MTNA chapter)
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