Mission’s arts enrichment and exposure curricula, featuring our key GRIOT music program, provide free music instruction that reinforces STEM concepts while exploring the cultures and sounds of the African Diaspora.
Griot | noun \ˈgrē-ˌō\
1. a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.
2. Global Rhythms in Our Tribe (GRIOT) is a free afterschool music program for youth ages 8–18.
Inspired by Grammy award-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill and taught by classically trained musicians, GRIOT teaches foundational music concepts and instrument proficiency, and introduces students to music technology, all while reinforcing STEM skills. GRIOT’s student musicians learn to play an instrument, the basics of sound recording, how to identify notes, compose music, and explore the cultural influences and contact of Afro-Latin music. By the end of each session 71% of students see improvements in their math scores and 100% can read music and play an instrument.
For more information, contact Lauren Fraulo, Education Coordinator.
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