December 18, 2015 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami’s MusicTime program will be sending a school record twenty-two children to sing and play keyboard at the newly re-named Disney Springs Waterside Stage on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. The students, ranging in age from seven to eight years old, will perform live in front of an audience and will be led by UM Frost MusicTime Director and Department of Music Education and Music Therapy Lecturer, Dr. Joy Galliford.
“I am so excited to play in front of everyone,” said seven-year-old Luke Amor, who has been participating in the UM MusicTime program since he was born. The program of music learning and enjoyment is designed to give children an appreciation for music, through singing and listening as babies and toddlers, then through the use of instruments, such as glockenspiels and keyboards when they reach elementary school. The children learn to play the same songs they listened to as babies on the keyboard together in a group environment.
“These young performers have been practicing their little hearts out together for months to get their performances just right,” said Dr. Galliford. “To have children this young take the stage at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs is so impressive,” she added.
The children have spent months preparing for the performance by learning and memorizing the given music. The musical selections that will be played on the keyboard range in genres and will include classics such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Musette”, Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, the Disney classic “It’s a Small World”, “Egyptian Ballet Dance” from the opera Samson & Delilah and the finale, in honor of the latest installment of the science fiction saga, Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens, the theme song to “Star Wars” by John Williams.
The students will also sing and dance to songs, such as Jimmy Dodd’s Mickey Mouse Mash-Up, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Walt Disney’s Song of the South, “My Rock and Roll” by Roger Emerson and John Jacobson, and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins.
The performers, who range in age from seven to eight years old, include: Luke Amor and Sol Ramirez of Miami Springs, Gianna de la Cabada, Julio Aguilera-Marciales, Emma Jolivert and Reisha Yavagal of Miami, Andres Felipe Vergara of Doral, Joaquin Alino and Sebastian Tam of Miami Beach, Mila Meiser and Alberto Jose Siblesz of Coral Gables, Jaya Castro of Pinecrest, Nailah Bouchereau of South Miami, Roan Onley of Cutler Bay, John Sebastian Serrano of Palmetto Bay and Dihanna Adam, Marcus de Villiers, Gustavo Duarte, Siena Feigenbaum, Kaylee Harris, Georgianne Hoey-Adame, and Juliette Soldevilla of Miami-Dade County.
Joining Dr. Galliford in teaching the students are UM MusicTime instructors and coordinators Alaina Lorenzo and Karen Flanary of the Walt Disney World performance.
UM’s MusicTime program gained statewide recognition after Dr. Galliford was named the 2010 Florida College Music Educator of the Year at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in Tampa. The College Music Educators designation is awarded to a college music educator who has served his or her students, community, and profession in an exemplary manner. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity; one these children will never forget!“ ended Galliford.
About UM MusicTime
UM MusicTime is a program of music learning and enjoyment for children birth through eight years of age. It offers a full and varied music curriculum including singing, listening, ear training, movement, playing instruments, and musical notation.
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