Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of all mankind.” Musical group Strummin’ and Drummin’ demonstrated this to be true at their Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES) Westhampton Beach Learning Center performance made possible through funding from ESBOCES Arts in Education.
The songs were lively, fun, and educational; or as Chris, Matt, and Kenny, Strummin’ and Drummin’ professional musicians call it, “Edutainment”. The perfect combination of education and entertainment.
Music is powerful; it connects people, brings pleasure, and is a unique teaching tool.
The songs performed by the group were multicultural, many with messages of diversity, unity, and togetherness. The set list included El coqui, a lullaby from Puerto Rico; Kookaburra, an Australian folk song; La Bamba; Jambo, an African hello song; and an American favorite, This Land is Your Land by Pete Seeger.
The show was very inclusive. Band members invited students on stage to sing or play instruments and drums. Being a part of a music ensemble can be a life-changing experience because it enhances self-confidence, provides a positive group experience, and develops visual, aural, and tactile strengths.
The language of music at the concert was evident to the students and staff. The music spoke to everyone in the gymnasium. They clapped, danced, swayed, sang, and collectively embraced the experience.