music and a play

On this quiet Tuesday, the school was filled with music and play-making as the kids thought more about their projects for Expression, played music, and preformed their puppet show play.

Natasha brought in her guitar and played in the morning.

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Jennie helped out with furniture making.

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Playwrights practiced lines from their scripts.

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After lunch, we had our own mini-concert, featuring Natasha on guitar and Clementine on mini-harmonica, and Isaac on guitar as opening acts, and Mirah as our main event. She sang a few of her songs and asked the kids to contribute during the chorus with words and whistles.

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Mirah showed everyone her steel drum and let everyone experiment with the sounds it makes.

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We held an appreciation circle for Stewart, who is moving to a new house and a new school in the East Bay.

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We also said goodbye to Brian, our artist-in-residence, as he packed up and headed back to his studio at the Crucible in Oakland.

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But they’ll both be back. You can’t stay away from this school once you’ve been here.

how many experts in a day

It turns out if you invite five really, really cool and amazing people into the school to teach the kids all about their passions of choice, you end up with one incredible, hectic, wonder-filled day.

The morning began with the deliver of a TIG welder on the back of Gever’s trailer for our artist-in-residence for the week, Brian Enright.

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Luigi from the Exploratorium’s secret talent is sleight-of-hand and magic. He wow-ed everyone with card tricks and turning one red ball into two, and two red balls into three! He also taught the kids some sleight-of-hand with coins.

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Shark, from the SF Rock Project, and his friend Dave, a park ranger and musician, came in to make Japanese flutes called shakuhachis out of PVC pipes.

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Mackenzie’s musician friend Jeremy came in the afternoon to show the kids his collection of instruments from around the world.

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Whew! A new record… five experts in a day.