Marimba Magic Classes 2019 - 2020

taught by Marimba Magic founder Sarah Tenney, MMEd and Alison Hannah, MMEd

at The Rivers School Conservatory 333 WINTER ST. WESTON MA 02493 (781) 235-6840

Marimba Magic students enjoy exploring sounds on percussion instruments, including gongs, xylophones, a variety of drums, and many more intriguing sound makers from around the world. Children play songs on the marimba in unison and in parts, which helps to develop good listening and rhythmic skills. Students drum the rhythm and sing the melody, which helps them to play each song with ease. Improvisation and composition are an integral part of the curriculum giving, students an understanding of musical elements through their own creative explorations. Groups perform on marimbas and percussion in Rivers School Conservatory recitals.

MARIMBA MAGIC 1 for ages 5-7 Wednesday 4:15-5:15 P.M. or Friday 3:45-4:45 P.M. or Saturday morning

Students play marimbas, drums, and percussion, conduct, sing, move, and make
up their own music. In this musicianship training students develop rhythmic,
ensemble, improvisational and ear-training skills. The ensemble will
perform at RSC recitals and at The Marimba Celebration.

MARIMBA MAGIC II for ages 6-8 Thursday 3:30-4:30 P.M.

In this 2nd year class, students play most major scales and arpeggios on thei
marimba, developing a good understanding of the keyboard. They sing each
melody played, and transpose them into the various keys they have learned.

INTERMEDIATE MARIMBA MAGIC for ages 8-11 Thursday 4:30-5:30 P.M. or Thursdas 5:30-6:30 P.M.

A continuation of previous level.

THE MARIMBA MAGIC ENSEMBLE for middle and high school advanced players. Tuesday 5:00-6:00 P.M.

Wide range of more challenging repertoire from African to Classical, as well as improvisation.
Many ensemble performances at Rivers and at local venues, The Natick Market and Senior Centers.


Performances at The Rivers Wassail, Symphony Hall, The Seminar on Contemporary Music.
Repertoire of many genres includes virtuosic xylophone solos and world premieres.

For more information please contact Sarah Tenney at

"Marimba Magic wakens the child's musical spirits, releasing the joy
of rhythm through little fingers holding wooden mallets and palms
pounding drums; until suddenly the child is blooming with music,
moving freely, dancing joyfully, discovering the wonders of
sound-never to forget!"

- Stephanie Rippe, Marimba Magic parent