Local concerts help kids find the ‘music maker’ in them


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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – A program of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society helps children find the music maker in them. It’s called “The Music Creator in Me”. They organize concerts for children while teaching them music.

After a pandemic jam-packed with virtual performances, musician Phil Baker is back in his element. He plays for the children at EmBe.

“Music is a great experience – a bonding experience for children in a classroom. There is a human bond that is created when children sing and dance together, ”said Baker.

This performance kicks off a series called “The Music Maker in Me”. During the pandemic, it debuted as a virtual series, but is now able to play for children in some early childhood centers.

“It’s just great to see the kids get up, dance, move, sing and have fun with each other,” Baker said.

“It’s great to see the reactions of the kids who are stuck inside during the winter and who can move around,” said General Manager Alex Gilbert-Schrag.

The program is organized by the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society. Gilbert-Schrag says it is difficult to organize a live concert during the pandemic.

“We have some really cute SFJB brand masks for musicians who wear them, play, and they’ve had to learn to adapt – especially Phil, as a singer, who sings through a mask for the most part,” Gilbert – said Schrag.

The program also offers educational benefits.

“This aims to make them understand music a bit. So you focus on improvising, calling and responding, ”Gilbert-Schrag said.

“They learn to sing or be an echo in a song, for example,” Baker said.

And learn to find the music maker in themselves.

“People think, ‘Oh. No, I can’t sing ”, or they say they can’t sing, but all they have to do is use their voice a little bit, practice, and they sure have some music. in themselves, ”Baker said.

Each show is recorded for families to enjoy at home. Children’s centers can also arrange for Baker to perform at their facility.


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