Percussion music from Zimbabwe on Mbira,marimba,ngoma & Hosho.

Miziq

Miziq believe that children and young adults have the ability to appreciate new sounds and ideas easily and openly. Working from the ground up---meaning, presenting new(er) music to young audiences, is a chance to cultivate audiences of the future, while also informing them of music of other cultures and viewpoints. 

Students in Miziq will:

A. Sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

B. Learn with an ear and Play, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

C. Improvise music.

D. Compose and arrange music.

E. Read and notate music.

F. Analyze and describe music.

G. Evaluate music and music performances.

H. Relate music to the other arts and disciplines outside the arts.

I. Relate music to history and culture.

School Programs
Our school-based marimba program/mbira introduces school children to an important genre of world music, while focusing on group music skills and community music. 

Marimba

The MARIMBA is one of those truly African instruments which is easily accessible to anyone and everyone. Children from as young as five and six can play.

REASONS WHY EVERY CHILD NEEDS TO LEARN TO PLAY THE MARIMBA

  • No prior knowledge or musical experience is needed.

  • Teachers/facilitators can be trained within a relatively few hours and learners are able to play a piece of music in their very first lesson.

  • Players can advance from beginners to fantastic performers within a short space of time.

  • Concentration skills are greatly enhanced and worked upon when learning to play marimbas.

  • Self-confidence and self-esteem are greatly boosted as there is a part for every child to play, regardless of ability.

  • Playing music together is a team effort! Each and every member of the team is equally important.

  • Because of the recommended technique of playing marimbas: hand to hand/ alternating hands—both sides of the brain are being exercised equally. This does not often happen in many other activities.

  • Because it is recommended that hands are alternated all the time, crossing of the midline becomes second nature.

  • Listening skills are greatly enhanced when playing marimbas: players need to play absolutely together to create a piece of music.

  • Through various games and exercises learners’ aural training skills may be developed.

  • The science of sound production can be demonstrated and studied through the marimba.

  • Through singing and spelling games on the marimba, language skills and spelling is improved.

  • It is a known fact that maths and music are inter-related. Marimba music is strongly based on patterning: maths is also full of patterning. It goes without saying that the one helps and reinforces the other.

  • The bars on the marimba are fairly wide so learners with poor fine-motor coordination are still able to play with ease.

  • Physically and mentally challenged individuals can play marimbas and be part of a marimba band.

  • Fine- and gross-motor coordination are constantly being worked on when the learners are playing marimbas.

  • Learners who do not have dexterity in their fingers for whatever reason often find it difficult, if not impossible, to play a melodic musical instrument. The marimba offers these learners the opportunity to play a melodic instrument.

  • The nature of the music for marimbas is such that there are very easy parts and then there are parts that are graded according to abilities.

  • By using dummy keyboards in the classroom every learner is focused on playing at the same time. This alleviates discipline problems.

  • With imagination, patience and a sense of fun the music classroom is transformed into a magical soundscape.

  • All genres of music can be played on marimbas.

  • The marimba is a robust, low maintenance, portable instrument that does not need electricity to operate!

  • The instruments sell themselves in the classroom and EVERYONE wants to play!

  • There are lovely maths games that can be combined with marimbas to encourage and enhance maths learning.

Mbira / choir-vocal ensemble

Music Therapy 

Traditionally mbira was always used for Bira because the music is transient and sometimes described as transcendent. Most of the time as 'calming'. 

Mbira provides a more intimate opportunity for teaching basic shona language in songs and story telling which are synonymous with mbira instrument music. 

Teaching  basic music modes used in zimbabwean music will also create the platform to teach composition and explore improvisation important for integrating Norwegian language in the mbira music.

Choir and vocal ensemble are most important with mbira music as vocals traditionally lead the music. And because of how intimate this music is, reaching out to work with different nationalities and refugees and asylum seekers and various ethnic minorities as a bid to engage DIVERSITY issues - including LGBTI, women, disabled, etc

 
 

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