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Latin Percussion Lab
February 12 @ 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Latin Percussion Lab with Latin Matthew Hernandez
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm K – 5 grade
February 12, 26 – March 4, 11, 18, 2024
Matthew will be at Art in the Park leading Latin Percussion Lab and Latin Jazz Sessions starting Monday, February 12. These workshops happen in partnership with Neighborhood Music School
This program is designed to introduce basic rhythms and counting exercises for young students through the use of hand percussion and Afro-Latin drumming techniques. Kids will have a chance to learn all about essential elements in Latin music like clave, tumbao, and basic conga tones. There will be an introduction to different types of instruments each week as well as a song of the week by various salsa and cha cha icons. This will be a very fun and engaging drumming course targeting students of the ages from k – 5th grade.
Matthew Hernandez is a proud community arts advocate that has dedicated his work to the enrichment of cultural celebration and literacy through music. Understanding how music shapes and reflects cultural awareness and ambitions, he recognizes the influence that music has over large groups of individuals that share a common ground in beliefs and expression. The main goal for Matthew is to bring those people together to share the same physical space and strengthen bonds through experiencing the ultimate form of expression that creative outlets, like music, allow. Being a source for bringing the community together brings him all the joy in the world, whether it’s through live performance, group teaching, volunteer work, or even just casual conversation with neighbors and friends.
He currently studies at the Herb Alpert Music Center’s Applied Music Program at Los Angeles City College and has built a reputation for being the musical coordinator and saxophonist for salsa and latin jazz band, Timba Tumbao. With his band, he’s performed all across SoCal, delivering a fun and high energy live latin dance show. He loves what he does because he gets the opportunity to connect with so many amazing communities and share an inclusive experience full of dancing, smiles, and fun memories. “Music is a language without words, it speaks in only profound emotion and true expression.”
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