Hi there, I’m Sagit, a Berklee College graduate and touring musician, I’d like to share my offered musical program “Songs of Peace” - Songs and dances from around the world introducing new and special instruments. There are 20 different instruments that I’ve mastered and collected from around the world.
Program Description: Songs of Peace "Dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional music from cultures across the world! Berklee Graduate, International performer Sagit Zilberman performs and facilitates “Songs of Peace,” an interactive global music program. This program introduces children to instruments such as the didgeridoo, space-drum, recorder and saxophone in a new and exciting way, and empowers them to use their voices and body to dance and sing in harmony with her and others in the group.”
recommended time - all week. Recommended ages: 3-6 and/or families fee:$400 Length: 45 minutes up to an hour . *Program could fit outside too if there is an outlet there.
Benefits: * introduces special instruments: Space-drum, Didgeridoo, Rainstick, recorder, saxophone, percussions * presents special songs from different cultures, example: https://youtu.be/Y64OeLGIXhM This song speaks about how good it is to sit brothers and sisters together. * community circle-dancing which unites the group and creates feelings of love and compassion to each other. https://youtu.be/Fvur2_8lvqw *added value: the children feel empowered by playing and singing and engaging in this high level of musical interaction and performance. https://youtu.be/X-fiSl3Anyo ***Full Program Outline at the bottom.
Sagit Zilberman’s quiet, calm and serene approach to the children coupled with her radiant smile, captivated the preschoolers as she walked softly among them with the largest rain stick they had ever seen. The most active child was engaged and captivated by the sounds emerging from her instrument. As she introduced her saxophone, percussion instruments, and many other instruments, Sagit maintained the curiosity of the children, as she intentionally provided interactive activities to encourage the full active participation of all of the children. Sagit has a spiritual presence, and uniquely extraordinary talents which she combines into one act sharing her music and engaging the children with song and dance. She reigns at the top of her field. All of children and their enthralled teachers did not want her program to end! Sherri Herschfeld, Director, Shaare Shamaim preschool, Philadelphia, Pa. email@example.com "In a world where kids (and adults) are constantly moving with little time to stop and just be, Sagit's program helped them be present in the moment. She helped them to relax with music and took their minds on a journey to calming places and thoughts. It was truly a great experience. Thank you Sagit! Laura Walton, Martha's Vineyard, 8-k Children's Chorus Director, Edgartown School, Martha's Vineyard, MA.
"It was a pleasure to work with Sagit. She was very professional. She arrived on time and ready to work with our audience. She is charming and warm and her music was inspiring. The participants in the workshop were delighted with the presentation. They especially enjoyed the opportunity to make music themselves. All in all a highly enjoyable evening." Dorothy Keller, Branch Director, Faneuil Branch Library, MA
"I would like to thank Sagit for holding a music and meditation workshop at our branch library... Her variety of musical instruments was beautiful and interesting and I think helped to center participants’ focus. We had a couple of adult patrons and a couple of teen patrons who participated. The workshop seemed adaptable to all who were present. Also, patrons commented afterward that they felt relaxed and/or that they learned something new about the practice of meditation. We would love to have Sagit come back. Patrons who missed the workshop are hoping there will be another one." Akunna Eneh, Programs and Community Outreach Librarian, Dudley Branch Library, MA
Sagit Zilberman is a talented, creative and spiritual musician. We had the pleasure of enjoying her performance at Adath Israel Religious School last Sunday. In her quite, calm way, Sagit was able to engage all ages K-7 th gr. in her special music instruments demonstration, while singing songs and dancing together. All students and teachers felt inspired by Sagit's unique personality and teaching style. Naama Yarden, Director, Adas Israel congregation, Washington, DC
Thank you for your amazing and inspiring performance yesterday! You held all the children’s attention from our 4 year olds to our toddlers. They were fascinated by your soft-spoken, lyrical voice and your instruments. A teacher came to me after the short performance and said you were magical! High praise from this twenty-six year teaching veteran! We can’t wait to have you back. Please email me when you will be back in Baltimore, we will set a date. Jill Eisen, Director, Baltimore Hebrew School, Baltimore, MD.
"Thank you so much for coming to our school. Our classes loved how sweet and warm you are, and the children are OBSESSED with your cool instruments! Thanks again!" Abby Koplow, Gan HaYeled Mildred and Jess Fisher Early Childhood Center. 202-362-4491
Sagit Zilberman, an internationally acclaimed musician and meditation/yoga instructor since 2004. Originally from Israel, residing in the U.S. for the past 10 years she allows her cultural roots to mix with her audience’s favorite songs, all expressed upon a myriad of enticing instruments such as the Swiss Hand-Pan a magical steel drum which produces magical harmonies, a simple recorder and her jazzy saxophone. Sagit received her bachelor of music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, alongside being an instructor/facilitator there for 4 years until 2014, leading mindfulness classes, which apply meditation and yoga to support and guide the musical career path of the Berklee student. Currently, Sagit leads a variety of workshops of healing vibrations of music and guided meditation. The workshop offers healing sounds, familiar music that connects cultures, ages and peoples, and Israeli circle dancing. Sagit sees music and cultural heritage as tools for mindfulness and encouraging unity, she has performed in over 50 church and community centers in Poland, Germany, and Ukraine, echoing the musical sounds and lyrics of her native Israeli-Jewish traditions.
Program in details:
The program tells the story of a little boy who grows up in Africa and makes his way through different countries when he realizes he wants to go back home. It’s an imaginary story about independence, appreciation for nature, life wit and wisdom, rhythm, listening to our passions, our hearts and bodies and commuting with others along the journey.
1. “We are in the Rainforest”/Congo - Africa - 5 minutes creating the sound of rain and thunder with our hands, feets and bodies creating the sounds of the animals (playing Didgeridoo) - naming animals, making sounds, showing with our bodies how they walk and move. Singing the song of the Rainforest around the room Somewhat mix of these samples: https://youtu.be/UzPSMiqeH3Y, https://youtu.be/JjRB8s7nBPc
2. “Welcome song”- let’s groove/Nigeria Africa- 5 minutes Fanga Alafia is a groovy-moovy Nigerian welcome song (call and response) which tells the story of a kind and queen welcoming new guests for their kingdom. Translation - Alafia: A greeting, like hello with the meaning of "good health" or "peace" (like "shalom"). Alafia is a type of traditional welcome dance. Fanga: A traditional welcome dance. It's often misspelled as "funga". Ashe: (Pronounced "ah-shay") The Yoruba believe "ashe" is a basic force emanating from the Creator that unites all living and non-living things. Some translate it as "amen" (although that word has more western connotations). Sample: https://youtu.be/ZTWySGpPVv0
3. Celtic dance/Irland - 5 minutes Using recorder and hand-pan and cajon (Peruvian percussion drum box) with looper to set the stage for the dance. It’s a couple dance, we can do in circles and also couples - mom/care taker and child. or two children together. I will show. Some children may use my other percussions if they prefer to not dance, or they may clap. Sample (there will be also dancing) - https://youtu.be/X-fiSl3Anyo
4. three circle dances from Israel - 15 minutes
Nigun Atik - it’s an old traditional melody with simple movements. I play recorder.
Maymim (water water) - may our blessings be like water. we talk about the blessing of water, and other blessings we have around us from our nature and planet. I play soprano saxophone.
5. Hene Ma Tov/Israel - 3 minutes This is a song that unites us as a group. It’s message is “how good it is to sit brothers and sisters together” we all sit as one and move to the music, I teach how to sing one sound together.
The story of the boy: This is a special boy who wants to know more countries and people, and to come to visit us in the US. He is happy in the nature of Africa (creating sounds of the animals and nature, singing the Rainforest song), he starts his Journey and arrives to the kingdom in Nigeria (Singing and teaching the movements of the “Welcome song”), this boy discovers he loves to dance so he goes to Ireland (song and dance), then he wants to be in the Middle East so he learns the special dance of the desert and the dance of water. and a funny dance of the children and the goat. Then they sit him down at the Jerusalem temple and show him how they treat each other as family with Hene Ma tov. He suddenly remembers his own family and wants to go back home. Right then and there, he meets us, the group and I sing for him a song from the US that I know. I will ask the group which songs they know and we might sing something that they would like to sing from the US.
The Hand-Pan aka Sapce-Drum aka Pantam aka my drum
this is my drum, it has 10 notes, the lowest is E, 4 of those sounds repeat as an octave. so only 6 different notes. It’s easier than piano, but challenging to translate the harmony of the songs. Playing it for people and for children is the most fun thing I’ve ever done.