Brotherhood Synagogue Songs:

As we strive to maintain our sense of community during this period of social distancing, I thought it might be nice to share with you some of the music we have been learning at school!  Watching these together with your children can be a great bonding experience, bridging school and home.

Please also join me on the Timbalooloo instagram and FB pages as we do some free mini-classes there from time to time. We are also conducting interactive small group zoom classes — contact us to form one with your friends or to join one of our existing classes!

Feel free to also subscribe to the Timbalooloo YouTube page or listen to one of the Timbalooloo albums “Finding Friends Far From Home” and “Wake Up, Clarinet!” which are all streaming on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music etc. under artist name Oran Etkin.  Recently we have been learning the songs Kutapira and Sakura, both of which are featured on “Finding Friends Far From Home”.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out at Enjoy the music:


This is a song we started learning from Zimbabwe. The children met the instrument mbira, that Musekiwa made for me when I was in Zimbabwe, and I told them how his children taught me the song Kutapira early one morning.  This video starts off with the moment that his kids taught me the song, and then shows Clara Net musically talking with Mbira.  This concept of instruments talking with each other is central to Timbalooloo and to how I would love the children to grow up conceiving of music.


What is Timbalooloo?

Meet Clara Net and her mother, Big Mama Tuba!
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Meet Herbie Hancock & Watermelon Man!
Some of the instruments the kids will meet this year:

One unique aspect of the Timbalooloo Method is that all of the instruments come to life and “talk” through their music, so that when it’s the children’s turn to play, they are not simply executing the correct notes, but rather performing the magical act of making their instrument talk and come to life. This helps them to bring character, humor and emotion to the music! If your kids have been coming home saying Caxixi (pronounced Ka-Shi-Shi) or Oeuf , Clara (Clara Net) or Ngoma, you’ll soon discover why…