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Ward Hartenstein

Ward Hartenstein

Category: Musical Arts


Ward Hartenstein is a graduate of RITís School for American Crafts, where he developed his interest in designing and building musical instruments. He has since become a composer and performer of original music using his unusual homemade instruments: clay marimba, tongue drum, bell tree, circular flute, and others. Ward has been a frequent collaborator with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Present Tense Dance, and the Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble. As an educator, he shares his curiosity and creativity with his students by exploring sounds of all kinds and by finding ways to express ideas and emotions with simple musical devices. He believes strongly in engaging students in the creative process and in finding delight in the sounds of the world around us. Ward is also a founding member of Flower City Vaudeville, where he contributes music, juggling, storytelling, and comedy performance.


Grades K-8
Single Class Size for Workshop sessions
Length 45 minutes
Cost $115 for Single Workshop; Contact YA Office to plan Residencies

Technical Requirements

Provide a table or desk space for constructing and playing instruments, and a quiet environment in which to listen and discuss. Participation of staff is important to assist and monitor students. Thank you!



Overview of Programs

Sound Explorers
A seven session residency for children and youth with Music Artist Ward Hartenstein, exploring ideas about music, sound, and the environment. Ward will provide hands-on experiences with a variety of handmade musical instruments from around the world: listening, playing, and learning about the materials from which they are made and the environments and cultures from which they come. Participants will construct simple musical instruments from natural and man made materials: drums, rattles, xylophones, whistles, etc. made from cans, cartons, soda straws, seed pods, and tree branches. Together, students and artist create simple rhythms and musical sounds with these instruments to imitate sounds in the natural environment and to express ourselves musically. Participants will learn about the basic elements of music: pitch (high and low), tempo (fast and slow), and dynamic (loud and quiet). They will explore rhythmic patterns as a strategy for improvising music. Together, the students and artist will explore ways that the elements of music can convey ideas, information, and emotions. (K-8)