Talking-Tala for Kids!

                       

 

"Talking Tala!"

Spoken-Rhythm with Melody & Word-Play for Children

with Dancing, Drumming & Songs 

 

 

Behavioral and cognitive-development studies reveal that children have a "learning mind" inherently more "learning-acquisitive" than the "adult mind". This is especially true with regard to language acquisition.

A child's growing mind can, without any deliberative "instruction". and only through interaction with other people, acquire up to 3 or more languages simultaneously by age five.

Clearly, the pattern-recognition that is so intuitive with regards to language aquisition, is also useful and instrumental for building all language facilities integral to all higher forms of learning.

And a good place to start are language patterning and moving exercises that are just plain fun, silly, and musical! 

Engaging the language-facility in children for practical learning is a prime objective and advantage of the "language of tala" '

"Talking Tala" is built upon an ancient musical learning system and language, and adapts that system and language for practical use in contemporary times and learning environments.

 

TalkingTala brings together language-based and body-based pathways of experiencing and learning, engaging both movement and sound-based "learning experiences" into one coherent whole,

TalkingTala is not a "fixed form" of playing or learning a certain rhythm or rhythms. "Tala" is, by contrast, an adaptive and inventive language, for interpreting existing music, drumming or dance movement,  or creating new ones.

Bringing sound, rhythm, movement, language, drums and songs together as a unitary experience supports all whole-body/whole-mind based learning. 

 

Through word-play using syllables, accents, exclamations, hands-claps, songs and rhythmic body movements, kids in Talking Tala play-shops engage in an enhanced "body/mind/action" based system of hand/eye/word/mind/movement based learning and cognitive development patterns, unifying and strengthening a child's overall capacity for learning and cognitive growth.

Through "language" we not only speak to one another; through language we also understand one another. So the language and use of Tala techniques encourages, through interactive and creative cooperative activity with others, a sense of inclusion and connection through co-creative community, as well.

 

For more details about this, please see the Information below and links to other pages or web-sites about Tala! in its more advanced form called "Tongues&Tala," for more experienced dancers, drummers, and musicians.

you can email me at marco@zonka.org

Find me on Skype for a FREE Skype tutorial (See "Tala!" Page) as    marco.zonka

or text me in NZ at 022.351.0089

Thanks and blessings!

Marco Z.

If you are a children's school or learning center, physical-education program, or a music school for children of all ages, please contact me directly so that I can demonstrate for you how I can adapt this system and program to your specific age-group or groups, or other particulars unique to your teaching objectives.

Thanks for your interest!

 

Marco Zonka   marco@zonka.org   New Zealand: 022.351.0089                    America: 360.302.5255                        ID on skype: marco.zonka  

 

 

 

”Talking Tala”  is spoken-word “language of dance, drum & music” useful with any form of singing, dancing, and drumming.

It is based on an ancient system of music and dance, with roots in India, Persia, and North Africa. It is still a "living language" in its places of origin because it has proven itself so adaptive and useful for thousands of years.

Talking Tala brings this ancient treasure-trove of dance & musical vocabulary into a contemporary form, accessible to children and musicians of all ages. It is a form and approach to learning that is easily adaptable to one's personal artistic use in many ways.

The Western mind and forms of learning often rely on "numbers", number patterns, which are linear, abstractive and "logical" forms of analysis. This is great for statistics and other numerical abstractions, but not very conducive to emotional connection, passion and "feeling". 

Language, on the other hand, which we are immersed in everyday, communicates  through intuitive infliction, emphasis, cadence, accents, timing, volume and intensity, all manner of subtlety and nuance, the essential elements of all good musical communications. And words, generally speaking, are far more expressive than "numbers." 

Kids are especially receptive to this approach, because the call and response methodology of "Talking Tala" comes naturally to their enhanced "language-acquisitive" minds. And because of that heightened language-learning ability, children can intuitively "acquire" --without deliberative process-- advanced levels of musical comprehension and physical-dexterity, using language-based patterning, without even realizing they are learning anything at all.  

 

Talking-Tala patterns communicate the essence of musical & rhythmic “patterning” using "words" instead of numbers, so understanding patterns in this approach is language- based, more feeling-based and intuitive, and less number-based, which is more linear and "logical." Both approaches are useful, but using one more than the other can inhibit a greater comprehension that incorporates both.

Kids participating in Talking Tala play-shops are guided through exercises that are very physical, while also integrating mind and body, intellect and emotion. Through watching & listening, and using “call & response” verbal-patterns --with synchronous hand-clapping & dance-based rhythmic body-movements-- the "language of tala" integrates hand-eye coordination, body/mind coordination, synchronizing sounds & movements with the whole body.

Originating in India & Persia “onomatopoetic” languages (words that mimic musical sounds) have been used for centuries to speak & remember rhythmic phrases for dance, drum & song. It is still a “living language” alive & evolving throughout the contemporary oriental world.

 

Talking Tala” uniquely adapts this ancient “language of music & movement”enabling children to use language as a way of understanding and playing with dance, music & drumming.

Talking Tala provides a universally applicable and adaptable rhythmic & musical vocabulary useful withr any kind of musical instrumental, composition, dance, or music that may be of interest to any given child. 

While clapping & singing & drumming & dancing this language, kids learn how to physically & kinesthetically “embody” new rhythms & new patterns of experience, This advanced neurological programing strengthens their capacity and aptitude for all forms of complex and integrative learning.

Kids participants in Talking Tala play-shops learn:
1) rhythm vocabulary 2) rhythms, melodies, drum & dance patterns in many different "rhythms cycles" (signatures) 3) a simple form of notation to write it down, and 4) how to verbally, musically or bodily communicate patterns to other kids, musicians or dancers.

A creative, playful & collaborative environment of co-creation, group-appreciation and self-empowerment is encouraged and strongly supported.     -mz

If you are a children's school or learning center, physical-education program, or a music school for children of all ages, please contact me directly so that I can demonstrate for you how I can adapt this system and program to your specific age-group or groups, or other particulars unique to your teaching objectives.

Marco Zonka   marco@zonka.org   New Zealand: 022.351.0089                    America: 360.302.5255       ID on Skype:     marco.zonka   

For more details about this, please see the Information below and links to other pages or web-sites about Talking-Tala in advanced forms called "Tongues&Tala," for more experienced dancers, drummers, and musicians.

Free personal audio-visual demo-tutorials available on skype for all dancers or drummers or instrumental musicians, on any form of musical instrument, by request. Don't be shy! Be game! Give me a ring! for a free on-line mini intro lecture/demo!  I dare you! -mz

Click on the "Tongues & Tala" TAB  on this site. Or:for more information about the origin and more advanced forms of "Talking Tala" go to:

Salutations Movers & Shakers!

Just letting you know about an upcoming Movement and Music Playshop-Event in Christchurch!:

“Talking-Tala: Universal Language of Dance, Drum and Song”

Playshop in Christchurch! Phillipstown Hub, this coming Sunday!

 November 15 1-4pm $10-$30 dollar donation requested. Free if need be!

Sponsored by the “The Muse: community music organization:

www.themuse.org.nz/activities

Come sing, speak, walk, talk, clap, dance, drum and “play” the spoken-word tala-rhythms!

Feel and sing and be the rhythm from inside, before you play it outside, via drum, dance, or song!

Bring any instrument you know how to play, a familiar drum, and willingness to move!

Click on “TalkingTala” web-link or flyer for more details

Hope to see and move with you there!

-mz

www.livingworldmusic.com

 

 

Sponsored by "The Muse" Community music organization, Coming up this month November 15 2015 in Christchurch, NZ...

                              www.themuse.org.nz/activities

 

 

 For more information or to book your place in the November 15 Christchurch play-shop, please go to:   www.themuse.org.nz    or more specifically

  www.themuse.org.nz/activities/worldmusic/tala-and-drums/

To open or download PDF of this workshop, click on PDF links below:

Talking_Tala_flyer_1up_2015_chch.pdf              Talking_Tala_flyer_2on1_sideways_2015_chch.pdf

www.TalkingTala.com

       Learn “Talking-Tala”

Rhythm-Language forDance,Drum& Song

Sunday, 15 November, 1pm-4pm
Phillipstown Hub/School
  39 Nursery Road,

$10 to $30 per person donation requested. 0800THEMUSE

 info@themuse.org.nz 

All ages welcome.Family friendly!Bookings encouraged & helpful!

www.themuse.org.nz/activities/worldmusic/tala-and-drums/

 

Tala” is an ancient spoken-language of rhythm, melody & movement. “Talking-Tala” adapts this language for contemporary use by dancers, vocalists, drummers and instrumentalists of all kinds and styles.  

       Originating in India & Persia “onomatopoetic” languages (musical syllables mimicking natural world & animal sounds) have been used for centuries to speak & remember rhythmic phrases for dance, drum & song.

       Tala” is “the dance of pattern & pulse” shaping the universe. It is also a living-language “vocabulary of rhythm & song” created by ancient dance & musical masters useful with any traditional or contemporary form of dance and music, composition and choreography.

       Harnessing the power of language (lyrical/ emotional) instead of “numbers” (linear/logical) “tala” words internalize rhythm & melody with sound, action& movements, in a call-and-response style of rhythmic and musical conversation, and not by “thinking about” or “counting” the rhythms.

       Drummers, musicians & dancers can use this intuitive and mellifluent language to create new & original melodies and choreography. Please bring your favorite drum and/or chosen melodic instrument of choice, and be ready and willing to dance, move, sing, drum and play.

 

 

Accompanist for modern, oriental and classical Indian dance and world music ensembles and artists, Marco Zonka is a vocalist, composer, techno-looper&percussionist.  www.livingworldmusic.com

www.TonguesAndTala.com  022.351.0089  text

 

"Talking Tala!"

Spoken-Rhythm with Melody & Word-Play for Children

with Dancing, Drumming & Songs 

 

Behavioral and cognitive-development studies show that children have a "learning mind" inherently more "learning-acquisitive" than the "adult mind". This is especially true with regard to language acquisition.

A child's growing mind can, without any deliberative "instruction" and only through interaction with other people, acquire up to 3 or more languages simultaneously by age five. So it is the language pattern-mind that is among the most intuitive with regards to pattern recognition at the heart of all higher learning.

Engaging this inherent language facility for practical learning use is a prime objective and advantage of the "language of tala" used in this modern take on an ancient musical learning skill.

TalkingTala brings together language-based and body-based pathways of experiencing and learning, engaging both physical and sound-based modalities of a given "learning experience" into one coherent whole, adaptively unifying a wider range of rigorous yet playful learning forms.

TalkingTala invents and imparts an integrated physical movement and playful language-based learning experience.

Bringing sound, rhythm, movement, language, drums and songs together as a unitary experience supports all whole-body/whole-mind based learning.

Through word-play using syllables, accents, exclamations, hands-claps, songs and rhythmic body movements, kids in Talking Tala play-shops engage in an enhanced "body/mind/action" based system of hand/eye/word/mind/movement based learning and cognitive development patterns, unifying and strengthening a child's overall capacity for learning and cognitive growth.

Through "language" we not only speak to one another; through language we also understand one another. So the language and use of Tala techniques encourages, through interactive and creative cooperative activity with others, a sense of inclusion and connection through co-creative community, as well.

 

For more details about this, please see the Information below and links to other pages or web-sites about Talking-Tala in its more advanced form called "Tongues&Tala," for more experience dancers, drummers, and musicians.

If you are a children's school or learning center, physical-education program, or a music school for children of all ages, please contact me directly so that I can demonstrate for you how I can adapt this system and program to your specific age-group or groups, or other particulars unique to your teaching objectives.

Thanks for your interest!

Marco Zonka   marco@zonka.org   New Zealand: 022.351.0089                    America: 360.302.5255                        ID on skype: marco.zonka 

”Talking Tala”  is spoken-word “language of dance, drum & music” useful with any form of singing, dancing, and drumming.

It is based on an ancient system of music and dance, with roots in India, Persia, and North Africa. It is still a "living language" in its places of origin because it has proven itself so adaptive and useful for thousands of years.

Talking Tala brings this ancient treasure-trove of dance & musical vocabulary into a contemporary form, accessible to children and musicians of all ages. It is a form and approach to learning that is easily adaptable to one's personal artistic use in many ways.

The Western mind and forms of learning often rely on "numbers", number patterns, which are linear, abstractive and "logical" forms of analysis. This is great for statistics and other numerical abstractions, but not very conducive to emotional connection, passion and "feeling". 

Language, on the other hand, which we are immersed in everyday, communicates  through intuitive infliction, emphasis, cadence, accents, timing, volume and intensity, all manner of subtlety and nuance, the essential elements of all good musical communications. And words, generally speaking, are far more expressive than "numbers."

Kids are especially receptive to this approach, because the call and response methodology of "Talking Tala" comes naturally to their enhanced "language-acquisitive" minds. And because of that heightened language-learning ability, children can intuitively "acquire" --without deliberative process-- advanced levels of musical comprehension and physical-dexterity, using language-based patterning, without even realizing they are learning anything at all. 

Talking-Tala patterns communicate the essence of musical & rhythmic “patterning” using "words" instead of numbers, so understanding patterns in this approach is language- based, more feeling-based and intuitive, and less number-based, which is more linear and "logical." Both approaches are useful, but using one more than the other can inhibit a greater comprehension that incorporates both.

Kids participating in Talking Tala play-shops are guided through exercises that are very physical, while also integrating mind and body, intellect and emotion. Through watching & listening, and using “call & response” verbal-patterns --with synchronous hand-clapping & dance-based rhythmic body-movements-- the "language of tala" integrates hand-eye coordination, body/mind coordination, synchronizing sounds & movements with the whole body.

Originating in India & Persia “onomatopoetic” languages (words that mimic musical sounds) have been used for centuries to speak & remember rhythmic phrases for dance, drum & song. It is still a “living language” alive & evolving throughout the contemporary oriental world.

Talking Tala” uniquely adapts this ancient “language of music & movement”enabling children to use language as a way of understanding and playing with dance, music & drumming.

Talking Tala provides a universally applicable and adaptable rhythmic & musical vocabulary useful withr any kind of musical instrumental, composition, dance, or music that may be of interest to any given child.

While clapping & singing & drumming & dancing this language, kids learn how to physically & kinesthetically “embody” new rhythms & new patterns of experience, This advanced neurological programing strengthens their capacity and aptitude for all forms of complex and integrative learning.

Kids participants in Talking Tala play-shops learn:
1) rhythm vocabulary 2) rhythms, melodies, drum & dance patterns in many different "rhythms cycles" (signatures) 3) a simple form of notation to write it down, and 4) how to verbally, musically or bodily communicate patterns to other kids, musicians or dancers.

A creative, playful & collaborative environment of co-creation, group-appreciation and self-empowerment is encouraged and strongly supported.     -mz

If you are a children's school or learning center, physical-education program, or a music school for children of all ages, please contact me directly so that I can demonstrate for you how I can adapt this system and program to your specific age-group or groups, or other particulars unique to your teaching objectives.

Marco Zonka   marco@zonka.org   New Zealand: 022.351.0089                    America: 360.302.5255       ID on Skype:     marco.zonka  

For more details about this, please see the Information below and links to other pages or web-sites about Talking-Tala in advanced forms called "Tongues&Tala," for more experienced dancers, drummers, and musicians.

Free personal audio-visual demo-tutorials available on skype for all dancers or drummers or instrumental musicians, on any form of musical instrument, by request. Don't be shy! Be game! Give me a ring! for a free on-line mini intro lecture/demo!  I dare you! -mz

Click on the "Tongues & Tala" TAB  on this site. Or:for more information about the origin and more advanced forms of "Talking Tala" go to:       www.tonguesandtala.com