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Mann Music Room

Welcome to Mann Music Room: Learn, a way to virtually connect audience and performer, from home to home. Join us as we explore global cultures through music and dance, bringing new lessons, movements, and sounds straight to your living room. 

Below you will find a library of video lessons and student activity guides! For a full corresponding music curriculum for grades K-6, contact our Education and Community Engagement Department.

Performing hearts will go on!

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Mann Music Room x Hispanic Heritage Month

Tune in to this special Mann Music Room collaboration with Los Bomberos de la Calle in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Mann Music Room x Mad Beatz Philly

On this special episode, Mad Beatz Philly celebrates elements of hip-hop culture - scratching and percussion - with this super fun collaboration on a classic Run DMC song.

Mad Beatz Philly is a local drumline group that has been providing hip-hop culture and education to the Philadelphia community since 2013. We've partnered with them for many of our Education & Community Engagement initiatives, such as our Young People's Concert Series, IMS Days, and our upcoming pilot program, Motion & Music Academy. They were also our featured artist in Mann Music Room: Episode 6!

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Mad Beatz Philly
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Episode 14: Reef the Lost Cauze & Caliph-NOW

Philly's own Reef the Lost Cauze & Caliph-NOW teach us the basics of songwriting. If you've always wanted to write a song, but don't know where to begin, check out these tips and let your creativity flow! 🎤

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Reef the Lost Cauze
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Caliph-NOW
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Episode 13: Ben & Lauren

Ben & Lauren from Washington D.C. show us the similarities and differences between playing the violin and playing the fiddle. 

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Ben & Lauren
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Episode 12: Karen Smith

In this video, Karen Smith, a Philadelphia percussionist and teaching artist, educates us about the djembe, a West African instrument that has influenced the development of drums and drumming worldwide!

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Episode 11: Sister Cities Girlchoir

In this video, Ms. Alysia of Sister Cities Girlchoir shows us how we can express our emotions through music! Ms. Alysia is the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education as well as a Citizen Artist Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Join us for this special jam session, where we learn how to turn our feelings of frustration, gratitude, and love into a song. (Please note: This video was made in April 2020, with reference to protests around the pandemic.)

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Sister Cities Girlchoir
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Episode 10: Carlo & Bob

In these videos, our friends Carlo and Bob from the Surabhi Ensemble in Chicago show us a beautiful Spanish melody on the guitar and a basic Spanish rhythm on the cajon.

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Episode 9: Kevin Leon

In this video, Kevin Leon of St. Paul & The Broken Bones shows us how to make music with "found sounds" from items you have at home. So, grab your pots and pans and let's get creative!

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Kevin Leon
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Episode 8: Los Bomberos de la Calle

This week, Los Bomberos de la Calle put together two special videos for us! The first is an interactive lesson of the Puerto Rican Bomba Sicá. The second uses that same Bomba Sicá rhythm to teach us a basic dance routine! So fun.

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Los Bomberos de la Calle
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Episode 7: Kinan Abou-afach

In this video, Syrian cellist and composer Kinan Abou-afach gives us a look into Arabic music through the oud and the cello. He even gives us some tips on musical improvisation!

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Episode 6: Mad Beatz Philly

Our sixth episode features Mad Beatz Philly, a local drumline group that we've had the pleasure of partnering with in our summer workshops, Young People's Concert Series, and Motion & Music Academy. In this video, they use their artistry to share the uplifting energy and joy of hip hop culture from the comfort of their own homes!

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Episode 5: Saraswathi Ranganathan

In our fifth episode, Saraswathi Ranganthan gives us a lesson on the veena, an ancient acoustic South Indian instrument. Namaste!

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Saraswathi Ranganathan
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Episode 4: LaKeisha Mackey Dean

Our fourth episode is from LaKeisha Mackey Dean (aka Mrs. Dean), the fabulous dance educator at GLAWest. In this video, LaKeisha provides an introductory dance lesson by teaching us some balancing skills!

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LaKeisha Mackey Dean
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Episode 3: Trinidelphia

Our third episode is from Trinidelphia, a Caribbean fusion ensemble based right here in Philly. In this video, Chris and Matt show us how they incorporate a steelpan into their performance style!

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Trinidelphia
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Episode 2: Three Aksha

Our second episode comes from Three Aksha, an Indian dance company based in Philadelphia that we worked with in last year's summer workshops. In this video, we learn some basic moves for the classical Indian dance, Bharatanatyam. So beautiful! 

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Three Aksha
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Episode 1: People Of Earth

Our first episode comes from People Of Earth, a global music collective that we've had the pleasure of working with both in 2019's Young People's Concert Series as well as our CANS program. In this video, Gabriel teaches us a marcha rhythm on the conga!

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People of Earth
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