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A Night of Music from the African Diaspora

On the evening of January 10, just a few days before Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, PLAID (a Hamlin Parent Association group focused on educating our community about diversity and promoting an inclusive environment) teamed up with MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora) to celebrate music and togetherness.

Close to 150 people (adults and children) enjoyed delicious soul food provided by Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement, then gathered in Stanwood’s Great Hall to listen to the riveting Marcelle Davies-Lashley and her dynamic all-female band. Before the music, Executive Director of the MoAD, Linda Harrison, addressed the rapt audience, providing a wonderful overview of all that her museum has to offer our San Francisco Bay Area community.

Before playing, Ms. Davies-Lashley gave a brief but comprehensive history of African-American music, from the 1800’s until our present day. After speaking, Ms. Davies-Lashley merged with the past, using her powerful vocal ability and presence to channel the energy of artists like Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Stevie Wonder. The audience participated in call and response, clapping, and dancing, moved by the songs of struggle and hope. At one point in the evening Ms. Holland-Greene (Head of The Hamlin School) joined the band, playing the tambourine with joy that was palpable.

The Museum of the African Diaspora is open with free admission on January 15th in honor of Dr. King’s birthday. To learn more about the museum, please visit: https://www.moadsf.org/

To learn more about Marcelle Davies-Lashley and watch her perform, please visit: http://www.marcelledavieslashley.com/

 

Making A Ukulele

Grade 3 students are making ukuleles with their own hands, hearts, and creativity. Like so much in life, this project began as an idea.

Hamlin music teacher Kate Roseman states:

The idea for the ukulele project came from a conversation I had with Mark Picketts last year. During that conversation, Mark mentioned that there was a project like this at another school, and I got really excited about the potential of bringing it to Hamlin. Originally, I was thinking about doing this project with Grade 4, but when I mentioned it to Brandy (Garcia), she immediately became excited and said we had to do it with Grade 3. Brandy’s enthusiasm and passion has really brought this project to life! Making connections to art and poetry was something I wasn’t even thinking about.

With the help of design and maker teacher, Brian Louie, the vision is now under construction.

Mr. Louie had never made a ukulele before, but he was able to watch Instructable videos about the process and was excited to model taking risks for our students. Mr. Louie knows how to play the ukulele, so he already had a feel for the instrument.

Our students are working through the following to construct the ukuleles:

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Designing Record Album Covers

Recently, grade 4 artists had the opportunity to design their own original artwork for record album covers. The students picked a record title out of a hat and were not allowed to look at the artwork of the real album. The girls were then challenged to design their own cover using the title. During the activity students listened to songs from each album, learning some popular music history along the way.