Melding Musical Traditions: A.J. Racy in Philadelphia

Scholar, composer, and musician A.J. Racy proffered so much knowledge and artistry during his visit to Philadelphia in November 2011 but it is the sound of him playing the mijwiz that sticks with me months later. The mijwiz is a wind instrument made of two reeds, each with five or six holes and fitted with… Continue reading Melding Musical Traditions: A.J. Racy in Philadelphia

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Teaching Arabic Poetry and Writing Water Poems

Hello everyone again, its Ellie and I want to share with you all the work that we have been doing in Ms. Engel's 10th grade IB classroom at Northeast High School. First, let me tell you a little about what we do each week. Every class begins with either a chant or meditation exercise. We… Continue reading Teaching Arabic Poetry and Writing Water Poems