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Performing Arts Students from China to perform at UVM!

Ms. Kauffeld’s high school Leland and Gray in southern VT hosts an arts exchange with students from a performing arts college in Inner Mongolia. As a result Ms. Kauffeld has traveled to China to perform TWICE including the summer before she started teaching at Folsom! PLEASE make an effort to travel to Burlington NEXT WEEK on Wednesday Oct 29th to see this AMAZING performance. Their dancing is unlike any you’ve seen before and their traditional Mongolian instruments are SO COOL. We’re even playing a Chinese folk song in band, maybe we could get them to play it that evening…
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Remember last year when the South Burlington High School African Drummers came to perform for us?

They played those crazy things called “Adenkum” (Ah-Den-Koom) that are in actuality just hollowed out gourds!

Sent to us straight from Ghana, West Africa!!

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You might want to revisit my blog post about Master Drummer Sowah Mensah who spent time teaching at UVM (where I met him) as a visiting professor from Oberlin. I first learned to play Adenkum from Dr. Mensah and he is the reason I was able to buy Adenkum for our classroom! We only have 6 Adenkum right now, but if we can add a few each year we will ALL be able to play in class! For now we will rotate between the drums, Adenkum, and other traditional percussion instruments.┬áStay tuned for Adenkum, we’ll hopefully start in 5th and 6th grade this week! Ms. Kauffeld is SO SO SO EXCITED!
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