At the heart of aesthetic education is the belief that appreciating the world’s musical heritage does not begin just by memorizing facts, learning how to behave in concert halls, or playing a musical instrument. It begins in a “moment of transaction” when the listener is totally engaged. DiAE presents a diverse offering of multicultural musical performances that lend themselves to rich units of study in the classroom.
Junk Jam Band (K-5): The Junk Jam Band is a high energy, interactive, and educational group featuring musicians Zach Green, Josh Robinson, and Alex Shaw. Using found objects and homemade instruments, they deliver messages of environmental awareness, social responsibility, and recycling. In addition to recycled instruments, the band incorporates technology by using a keyboard and “looper” or sound recycling pedal that allows for on-the-spot recording and layering of sounds to build songs.
Mélomanie (K-12): Mélomanie presents provocative pairings of early and contemporary works in innovative collaborations with guest performers and composers. Mélomanie’s early music programming highlights Baroque music performed on period instruments. Their contemporary repertoire features works from the 20th and 21st Centuries, including world premieres written especially for the ensemble.