Zimbabwean-style Marimba music is uniquely accessible to new musicians, young and old. There is no finicky technique or temperamental tuning to master. The large movements engage the whole body in a highly satisfying ‘dance’ with the instrument.
Playing in an ensemble provides us the opportunity to be a part of a larger, more complex musical collage than we could create individually. It also helps us to hone our listening skills as we discover how one part interlocks exactly with another. We rely on and support each other in creating a beautiful whole that is much larger than the sum of its parts. Ensemble members develop dexterity, coordination, rhythmic precision, concentration, keen listening skills, and a cooperative spirit.
Classes are composed of 5-10 players and meet weekly. At the beginning level, no prior musical experience is necessary. Instruments are provided at the studio.
We currently offer classes for kids (ages 9-14) and adults/teens (ages 15 and up). Kids’ and beginning-level adult/teen classes are open to everyone. In addition, we have established performance ensembles with enrollment by invitation.