About Steam Machine: Steam Machine is a music and dance ensemble that performs old-time and bluegrass music, featuring fiddler AJ Srubas, guitar player Rina Rossi, and banjo player David Robinson. Their focus is primarily instrumental old-time music from the midwestern United States.

Program Description: In their Class Notes Concert, Steam Machine will describe cultural uses of music from different time periods and places. They will also teach fundamental music concepts like steady beat, pattern identification, and noticing/defining expressive elements in a musical performance. Steam Machine will help students generate musical ideas using a limited set of rhythms or pitches. Students will have opportunities for movement while listening to and interacting with a variety of music.

Sample Music: 

Supporting Materials Packet: Coming in August!

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