A Workshop with the Met: Taino Instruments in the 21st Century

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Jose Obando, director of the musical instrument archive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, brought his arts-in-education program, “Maraca and Guiro: Taino Instruments in the 21st Century,” to fifth-graders at Belmont Elementary School in North Babylon.

The program, which was brought to the school through a collaboration with the Great Neck Arts Center, included an educational discussion of fascinating instruments from various cultures that are part of the Met’s collection, as well as a hands-on experience with an array of percussive and string instruments – including the Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican guiros, claves, panderetas and maraca (single and double). It also offered a preliminary lesson in the merengue dance.

The entire program culminated with an assembly program featuring the students’ newly learned skills.