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Latin flavors of music spice up the world

 Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Each year, I love celebrating the declaration of Independence by Mexico, through the marvalous food, music, and dancing if I can!  During the final classes of Kindermusik for the Young Child 4 (our Graduating class), we are studying Latin Music, instruments, stories, and more. 

For your enjoyment, listen to the wonderful story of Don Gato (a cat in love), explore the child friendly website Kaboose, listen and relax to a video of a local flemenco guitarist, and make plans to attend the annual Latin Fest at Cypress Gardens.

In Kindermusik class, we learn the story of Don Gato, and use instruments to add our own sound effects.  Surprisingly enough, I found an animated version on You Tube.  Enjoy!


Kaboose is an online site that offers children cool resources to learn more about the history of this celebration, as well as crafts, recipies, games, and printables for coloring, such as the pretty little girl above.  Check it out: http://holidays.kaboose.com/cinco-de-mayo/ 

I wanted to share some wonderful flamenco music by our own local artist, AND my son’s very favorite guitar teacher,  Nathan Herrera.  Check out his website for more information about his background and performances:  http://nathanherrera.com/  .  Or listen to more of his music at http://www.myspace.com/nathanherrera .  He is also the owner of Blue Noche’, one of the newest music studios in town, focusing on guitar, piano, voice, and more.  James even studied French Horn with an educator there.


There is also a wonderful Latin Celebration going on ALL week at Cypress Gardens, lots of food, music, and dancing steeped in cultural traditions and celebrations.  Check out the info at www.cypressgardens.com .  This is a great way to fully immerse yourselves into the Latin culture, a spicy one, full of life! 

“Mixing Latin music with spicy flavor, guests will not want to miss the Cypress Gardens Latin Festival. The excitement starts Monday, May 5 and continues through Sunday, May 11. Those who love to indulge in Latin food will have the opportunity to try cuisine from different Latin cultures. Each day, park guests can enjoy the festive music of a strolling mariachi band or the sounds of a classical Spanish guitarist. Appearing on stage for the festivities include Carlos Oliva (Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m.), Ismael Miranda (Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.) and Tito Nieves (Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.). A special seven-day pass can be purchased for $49.95 so that guests can enjoy each day of the event.”  If you just want to attend an evening concert, it is just $15.


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