In January, a group of 14 Slovakian students with their teachers was hosted by euromind in Malaga to carry out a two weeks-long internship placement in a fashion design field. They had a great opportunity to get to know Spanish music culture.
Students were getting to know the general history of flamenco. Learning how to differentiate the meters in flamenco, their accentuation, placement of the palms of the hands to achieve the correct sound, counterpoints, and palms rolls. Using the golpeo technique, looking for the best sound of the instrument through exercises with rhythmic patterns typical of the basics meter of flamenco. Learning how to dance the basic dances within the flamenco style. Learning to sing the lyrics of the song, intone, and vocalize according to the flamenco style. Playing the basic rhythms with the castanets, flamenco cajón, and la caña. Learning about flamenco guitar with practical examples of harmony, rhythm, and musical melody.
During their stay in Malaga, the trainees not only developed their work skills but also took part in different cultural activities such as Tapas Night. Also, students were traveling around the Andalusian region, they visited Ronda, Sevilla.
We hope that all of this will be an unforgettable memory for our interns and that in the future they will be able to take advantage of everything they have learned during their stay.
I would like to start with one word – splendid. This mobility was such an amazing experience. I must confess that practices were really different from what we are doing at our school in Slovakia, BUT that was the magic. We have done many new things; we have tried so many new genres. Our lectors were so inspiring. They gave us lots of advices and experience. They gave us the joy of music. We had so much fun and played such beautiful music. I am very grateful for this opportunity, for being part of this great project. I have got so many lovely and unforgettable memories. Thank you.
Practices were a whole new experience for me. I have never been in contact with Spanish culture and music before. I was shocked by the complexity of Spanish rhythms and melodies. Also, our teacher José is an amazing guitarist and person. I am grateful that I had an opportunity to learn from his wisdom and experience.
Angelika Mária Jenčová
Everything that we could try, see and listen to in our lessons was really amazing. What I enjoyed the most are the lessons on drums, improvisation, and gospel. Flamenco is beautiful and very interesting, but it is also very difficult for us, especially to understand all the rhythms. Playing by the ear is different from the way we use it in our school (with sheets of paper), but it taught us to be flexible. The last Monday we divided into groups and we practiced some Spanish songs. It was really fun and we played the songs at our concert the next Friday. I am so glad that I had this opportunity and that I learned new things from it.
Project Title: Music as a source of diversity and tolerance
Number of participants: 14
Country: Slovakia, Bratislava
enero 16, 2022