Welcome back to Derek Gray! Derek’s 4 p.m. group class for younger music students has a new name Musicianship for Early Birds, and it starts on January 17. Every class begins with various warm up games that include movement and songs and laughter. Students will also work with our elegant and user- friendly Orff instruments to play melodies, chords and rhythms. The school is fortunate to have both alto and bass xylophones, glockenspiels and metallophones , instruments that allow beginners of any age to easily make progress.

At 5:00 p.m., Derek will work with the older, more advanced hand drummers. Students will learn one or more traditional songs that involve singing and drumming and dancing. This approach lays the foundations for the collaborative and co-operative dimensions involved in musicians playing music together.

We extend our thanks and appreciation to Juan Carlos Medrano, who filled in for Derek during his extended world tour in the fall of 2016. We hope to have Juan Carlos come back to STM in the near future.