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 rich catalog of culturally-diverse digital content accompanied by interactive student guides for each episode to deepen the virtual experience. For a full corresponding music curriculum for grades K-6, contact our Education and Community Engagement Department here.
Episode 19: Tamar Greene
To honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we're bringing you a very special episode with the one and only Tamar Greene, a Broadway performer who currently plays the role of George Washington in the Broadway production of Hamilton.
In this powerful performance, Tamar Greene presents "I Dream", an original composition with text from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s celebrated I Have A Dream speech, as well as an arrangement of "Make Them Hear You" from the Broadway musical Ragtime.
Episode 15: Timbalona
In this episode, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Timbalona, a Philadelphia-based percussion ensemble that focuses on folklore and popular music from the Caribbean and Latin America, by learning about the Cuban rumba yambú!
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, originally premiering on Philly Live Weekends.
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!
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! 🎤
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!
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.)
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.
Los Bomberos de la Calle
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!
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!
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!
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!