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Black Violin

February 8 - March 19, 2021

FREE VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
GRADES 4-12

(on-demand video series)

Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus who combine their classical training and and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom”. The band’s first major label album Stereotypes debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR took note and declared “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation”.

Wil and Kev place heavy emphasis on educational outreach, and perform for more than 100,000 students each year. Through their student engagement and public performances, Black Violin challenge the stereotypes and preconceived notion of what a “classical musician” looks and sounds like. “The stereotypes are always there, embedded so deep in our culture,” says Wil. “Just by nature of our existence we challenge those ideas. It’s a unique thing that brings people together who aren’t usually in the same room, and in the current climate, it’s good to bring people together.”

Note: this experience is limited to students based in the state of Iowa. By registering, you are verifying that the students taking part in this experience are located within the eligible geographic area. Thank you for helping us protect artists’ work and use agreements.

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INCLUDED IN THE VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP

Black Violin's virtual field trip consists of two videos for you to watch with your students:

  • 40 minute professionally produced multi-camera performance for students
  • Pre-recorded question and answer session, moderated by a student
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Social-Emotional Learning

Self-Awareness: Integrating personal and social identities; Identifying personal, cultural, and linguistic assets; Having a growth mindset; Developing interests and a sense of purpose

Social Awareness: Taking others’ perspectives; Recognizing strengths in others; Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones

Self-Management: Exhibiting self-discipline and motivation; Setting personal and collective goals

Responsible Decision-Making: Reflecting on one’s role to promote personal, family and community well-being

Social Studies

Behavioral Science: Recognize the Interaction Between the Individual and Various Groups; Examine Factors that Led to Continuity and Change on Human Development and Behavior

Geography: Evaluate Human Environment Interaction

Music

Creating: The creative ideas, concepts, and feelings that influence musicians’ work emerge from a variety of sources.

Responding: Response to music is informed by analyzing context (social, cultural and historical) and how creators and performers manipulate the elements of music; Through their use of elements and structures of music, creators and performers provide clues to their expressive intent

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long is the show? 
Total video content is about 60 minutes, divided into two videos.

How many times can I view it? 
Once you gain access, as many times as you wish!

When can my students view it? 
February 8-March 19, 2021

Can I preview the videos? What is it like? 
While we cannot grant preview access to the videos, we recommend that you visit Black Violin’s YouTube channel if you would like to preview their performance style.

Do you have any supplemental material to accompany the show?
Yes – we will send you additional materials to set context and help your students reflect on the virtual field trip experience.

Event Details

FORMAT:
ON-DEMAND VIDEO SERIES

Streaming February 8-March 19, 2021
Grades 4-12

Des Moines Performing Arts is proud to offer this education opportunity at no cost to participants.

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