ECA to offer first-ever teen music camp

Jul 21, 2017

Edmonds Center for the Arts will offer its first intergenerational summer program, Rhythm Generation: Intergenerational Marimba Camp, in partnership with Youth Marimba Workshop and Silver Kite Community Arts.

It is 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7-11.

Designed to provide leadership opportunities to local teens – and the chance to learn a new instrument – the workshop is for those ages 13-19. Teens will explore what it means to work with older adults, including the ideas of meeting people where they are and appreciating differences.

When older adults (ages 60-plus) join the group at 10:30 a.m., teens will take the lead and help teach their adult bandmates, with the objective for all participants to come together as community marimba band.

“Participating in intergenerational programs benefits older and younger participants alike,” said Jen Kulik, founder and CEO of Silver Kite Community Arts. “For younger participants, seeing their older neighbors have fun, play, and learn new things promotes lifelong learning and breaks down age stereotypes.

“For older participants, engaging with young people provides an opportunity to share knowledge, advice, and reconnect with talents, ideas, and interests.”

Participants will learn to play melodies, harmonies and rhythms, as well as keep time on a variety of marimbas, hand percussion and drums. The special connection between the Pacific Northwest and Zimbabwean marimba music will also be explored.

No experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome. On the final workshop day, the full band will perform for family and friends.

Youth Marimba Workshop instructor Teresa Catford has over 19 years of experience teaching classroom music, and currently teaches general music in the Edmonds School District.

She was inspired to start an after-school percussion band program at her school in 2004 after watching a performance of a visiting youth marimba band.

Since that time, she has led hundreds of students playing in marimba bands who have amazed audiences with high energy and joyous music. Teresa takes special pride in supporting all of her students to unveil their inner musician and experience the inspiration and adventure of music.

The price is $125 for teens and $100 for older adults. ECA offers a100 percent scholarships to teens that qualify for free and reduced-price meal programs and older adults on low or limited incomes.

To apply, contact Gillian Jones at 425.275.9483 or

To register, visit or call 425-275-9595.



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