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Gomez Elementary Families Enjoy Music Workshops

Gomez Elementary families had a rare opportunity to work with local artist Michael Fitzsimmons thanks to grants from the Omaha Schools Foundation.

Fitzsimmons, best known as "The Dancing Man," is an award-winning recording artist with Dancing Man Music who has performed music for Robert Bly's "Tatterhood," and created adaptations of "Snow White" and "Cinderella" for the Omaha Emmy Gifford Children's Theater. He is also a leader of drum circles at the Universal College of Healing Arts, an artist with Very Special Arts and a percussionist with the Sacred Heart Freedom Choir, and is a skilled performer of diverse percussion instruments including drums, African instruments, Mbira, Plains Indian flutes, Brazilian percussion flutes, various bamboo flutes and Hang.

During the workshops - "Drumming with Dads" and "Students and Parents Flute/Drum Class" - Fitzsimmons taught listening skills (the ability to copy the rhythms and patterns of someone else), internal pulse (everyone working together so they can stay together) and improvisation (the ability to play and create music in the moment).

The two groups performed for staff, students, parents and the greater community during the school's Spring Ensemble Concert.

Click here to see a photo slideshow from the concert!

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