Week #1: Colombian Music with FTH Teaching Artist Martin Vejarano  


While our doors are temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing measures, Flushing Town Hall would like to share our renowned, global arts programming online. Flushing Town Hall’s dedicated Teaching Artists are offering online classes in the new series “FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids.” The series of arts education will run Tuesday through Friday, and culminate in an online family matinee performance on Saturday. Each day participants will enjoy short videos of music or dance and post-lesson activities will be available online at FTH website: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/fth-at-home and live on Facebook Page and Youtube Channel each day at 2 PM. Participants are also encouraged to post short video clips of themselves learning on Facebook and tag FTH facebook page @flushingtownhall.


Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Martin Vejarano invites you to explore the rhythms of Colombia using simple homemade instruments. Using plastic buckets for drums, wooden spoons for drumsticks and a homemade shaker you will be able to explore four different rhythms from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Colombia. These rhythms are as unique and diverse as Colombia's culture which mixes Indigenous, African and European heritage. Please try these all-ages, family-friendly activities and show us how you make music with them.


Our lessons kick-off with an introduction to Colombian rhythms by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Martin Vejarano. Martin is a musician, composer, teacher, and bandleader. You may have seen him on stage at Flushing Town Hall with his group: La Cumbiamba show, but we will join him at his apartment in Queens. Like you, he's improvising with things at-hand. So grab a plastic bucket, two wooden spoons, and two metal spoons and let's make some music together with Martin!

>>Click HERE for a pre-lessons family activity sheet


Day 1 

Cumbia is a style of dance music from the Atlantic coast of Colombia that uses traditional instruments such as the indigenous gaita flutes & maraca, and the Afro-Colombian drums: alegre drum, tambora drum and llamador. drum. Cumbia is also played with European instruments such as: clarinet, accordion, trumpet and guitar, to name a few. 


>>Click HERE for a post-lesson family activity sheet

Day 2 


Porro Chocoano/Aguabajo- is a musical style and dance that comes from Chocó, a north pacific area of Colombia and features marching band percussion instruments, brass and woodwinds (Clarinet, Euphonium, Sax, snare drum, hand cymbals etc..)


>>Click HERE for a post-lesson family activity sheet


Day 3

Currulao is a folkoric dance music from the south pacific coast of Colombia, the African marimba is the main instrument in Currulao and vovals are quite predominantly in the genre.


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Day 4 

Champeta is a style of dance originating with the African descendants from Congo in Cartagena, Colombia. The music is festive and highly energetic.


>>Click HERE for a post-lesson family activity sheet


Day 5 

On Saturday, April 4, at 2pm, please tune in to our Facebook Page and join La Cumbiamba Watch Party!





Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids. 


Flushing Town Hall is pleased to present these programs free of charge but welcomes donations from those who are able and moved to contribute. Donations of any amount are accepted here.


Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.


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