Students Learn How to Make Music Like “Stomp” Performers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WNTH) — Stomp is a fast-paced, music-making phenomenon that’s taken the theater world by storm, and now, some local students are also getting in on the action.

In a classroom this past Wednesday at the Wexler-Grant School, when it came to making noise, the louder, the better. That’s because the 4th grade students were taking part in a Stomp music workshop.

The Broadway show is coming this weekend to a href=”http://shubert.com>the Shubert Theater in New Naven, so beforehand — through the Shubert’s Education and Outreach program — local students are getting a glimpse at what it takes to become a stomp performer.

“What we talk with the kids about is the fact that Stomp doesn’t make music with pianos and flutes and regular instruments,” explained Kelly Wuzzardo, The Shubert’s Director of Education and Outreach. “They use every day found objects.”

Just like the performers up on stage, the kids turned ordinary items into music makers.

“We bring them a bucket full of recycled materials and we talk about rhythms and patterns and they take all those materials and they make music,” Wuzzardo said.

“I got to play the bucket,” explained Anthony, a student in the classroom. “It was really really loud and it’s really easy to make a beat out of it.”

“It makes you feel like you’re using the drums,” said another student Leaveil.

But the kids don’t just get to play the instruments. They also work with their classmates to come up with a creative beat and perform it.

When asked how his group came up with their beat, Anthony said, “We just went with it. We just we just start hitting. We just start hitting and then … we get it out of nowhere.”

“My favorite part about today is when everybody got to work together,” said student Janell.

Wuzzardo says classes like this teach the students much more than they realize.

“It reinforces the stuff they’re already learning in their music class,” she explained. “We talk about vocabulary they may have heard in their music classes.”

It also teaches students to think outside the box.

“It’s important to let them know that they can be creative and they can make music and they can make rhythms and they don’t have to have a violin at home or a piano,” Wuzzardo said. “They can use anything they might have that’s already in their home or recycled stuff.”

Student C.J. explained when he goes home he’ll probably use, “sneakers and bottles and cans.”

By the end of the 30 minute workshop, one thing that stood out among these 4th graders were the smiles on their faces.

“I felt happy,” said student Savanah.

And for these students in the making, that’s a priceless gift.

You can see Stomp at the Shubert Theater this Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. CT Style’s very own Ryan Kristafer and Meghan Yost will be at tomorrow’s show for a fun meet-and-greet event so come check it out. To buy tickets, log on to Shubert.com.

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