Traveling Music Museum
In a first of its kind, the Groove Gully travelling museum of music brings together musical instruments from all over the world and actually allows children to pick them up, play them under the guidance of musicians and learn about the music that the instruments make. Children learn about the cultural significance of the instruments, the materials and workmanship behind it.
The percussion section of the Museum was recently put up at the SunCity School in Gurgaon over 3 days and featured Daman drums from Ladakh, a Chenda from Kerala, Maracas from Peru, Temir Komuz from Kyrgyzstan, Thavil and Kanjiras from Tamil Nadu, Pakhawaj, Tablas, Chimta’s and Dhol from North India, Bom, Ksing and Padiah from Meghalaya besides Rainsticks, Ocean Drums, Boomwhackers, Ghatam, Manjeeras and Djembes.
Professional musicians performed in every morning assembly using instruments from the museum so students could experience how they sounded in a concert setting. The first morning featured a Chendamelam performance using Chenda’s from Kerala after which the musicians held a music class for the students talking to them about the wood used, ceremonies they were played in as well as their role as accompanying rhythm givers in Kathakali.
Students were given blocks of wood and experienced how the Chenda is traditionally taught to beginners.
The next day featured the ace percussionist from Panama, Fidel Dely Murillo playing the rhythms of Latin America with a backdrop that featured a map of all the South American countries. He held a fantastic interactive session for the kids as he played his way from Argentina, Peru to Brazil, Panama, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico and finally the US. Again with no teaching involved, this was an amazing geography primer woven into the music for all the students gathered. There's so much clapping and smiling faces all around that it becomes a fun session that combines history, geography and music into an experiential learning session. At no point do we teach the children anything, kids just absorb all the information like sponges.
The incredible impact our museum has on children is because we allow them to touch and feel all the instruments. We let the children explore the instruments on their own so their learning becomes automatic. All other museums have instruments behind glass cages and often kids don't have the opportunity to even know what they sounds like. Here's what The Hindu had to say about us
The music museum will travel to a lot of schools over India in the coming months and if you'd like us to bring it to your school please do contact us.