Musician, composer and educator Andrew Turpening expanded his percussion repertoire with a trip to Cuba, where he immersed himself in Cuban rhythms and percussion styles. This winter, he was immersed in Marshall School.
This past December, Marshall hosted Turpening as an "Artist in Residence.” A percussionist specializing in Cuban beats and a fluent Spanish speaker, Turpening was a natural choice to inspire the students. He was invited to give workshops in Marshall's Music, Spanish and Social Studies classes in an effort to make the most of his unique talents. Students found themselves practicing their Spanish outside the classroom and playing instruments that they had never heard of before. Turpening's visit is a great example of looking to the community, both local and global, for one of a kind learning experiences.
Turpening was recently featured for his percussion and Marshall experience on WDSE’s “The Playlist.” To see the interview with Turpening, visit http://www.wdse.org/shows/