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Intro to Marimba with Andrea McColeman

The marimba is a very large, exotic instrument that children rarely get an opportunity to see and hear. This program gives an up close experience of the marimba (which is like a very large xylophone) through a demonstration/performance/question and answer presentation. 3 or 4 interested students could take part in more hands on sessions where they learn to play something all together on the instrument.

Grade Suitability:

K and up is appropriate for demos; grades 3 and up for hands on sessions

Maximum Class Size:

Class size is appropriate for demos/performance; smaller groups of 3-4 for hands on sessions.

Time Required:

Class demo presentation would be 45 minutes. Small group sessions would be a half hour-45 minutes. More sessions could be arranged with the same students if you want to prepare some kind of performance.

Material Required:

My marimba for class demo. For smaller sessions we could incorporate any Orff xylophones the school may have.

Language of Instruction:




Special Notes:

The marimba is fairly big and cumbersome to transport, so I would want to be attending as many classes as possible at the same school with that instrument to make it worth hauling it in!

Andrea McColeman

Originally from Northern Ontario, Andrea made her way to the Yukon in the early 90s after completing her Bachelor of Music in percussion performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, and studying jazz piano and Latin percussion at Humber College. As an in-demand band member/session player/side woman/collaborator, she has recorded and toured with many Northern acts including Kim Barlow, Inconnu, The Longest Night Ensemble, Nicole Edwards, Brenda Lee Katerenchuk, Major Funk and the Employment and Juno award winning Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat. She has composed and arranged music for various theatre, dance and choral groups and has worked with all ages and abilities as music director for many different shows. Andrea has worked in the Learning Through the Arts and Yukon Arts Edventures programs to teach curriculum through music and has travelled to every school in the Yukon through the Artist in the School Program. Andrea is also a private piano instructor and currently teaches music to K-7 students at Hidden Valley School.

Contact: 867-633-6787


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