Barrow Street School


This year your children learned music by Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tito Puente and Mozart, traditional Japanese songs, Samba, Waltz and more!  You are invited to join us as we celebrate the end of the year together in song and dance with the children, teachers, parents as well as a band featuring Timbalooloo founder Oran Etkin and our resident Timbalooloo teacher at Barrow, Caleb Van Gelder!

Feel free to be in touch if you have any questions or if you want to find out about other Timbalooloo concerts and music classes for your child’s age.  It has been a joy working with your children and we wish you a wonderful summer ahead!

What is Timbalooloo?

This page is for families with children at Barrow Street Nursery School. On this page you can follow along with what your children are learning in Timbalooloo music classes at school and interactively engage your children in the learning process at home! We will continuously update the page throughout the year as the children discover great artists and instruments from various cultural traditions around the world in class.

Timbalooloo also has public concerts from time to time and offers weekly group music classes throughout the city  starting at 6 months old! Feel free to stay in touch by joining our email list emailing us timbalooloo @ gmail . com.


This year, children at Barrow Street School have been learning about the Samba from Brazil – learning to play it on the Brazilian percussion instruments, dance it, count the beats and sing a song by Brazilian bossanova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim called “So Danco Samba”.

So Danco Samba:

Children Dancing the Samba at Carnival:

High Low

This original Timbalooloo song uses two notes – E and C (Mi and Do). The children learned about these two notes and learned how to play it on the xylophone!

Duke Ellington – Just Squeeze Me

The children learned about the great pianist Duke Ellington and his song Just Squeeze Me.  Here is Duke Ellington himself playing the song with Louis Armstrong:


Tito Puente – El Timbal:

The children learned about Tito Puente, the king of Afro Cuban music!  Tito Puente played a drum called El Timbal (also called Timbales or Timbalon).  Here is his song that the children learned to play on the drums:

I Have A Cow Under My Bed:

We have been putting our instruments to bed at the end of class with this Timbalooloo original song written by Oran Etkin.  The song helps teach a special 5/8 rhythm that is less common in American music and helps widen their rhythmic vocabulary while also helping to use humor to ease common fears about what lies under their bed:

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 or Ngoma, you’ll soon discover why…

If you ever have any questions, please contact us anytime.

Some Instruments Used In Timbalooloo Classes from oranetkin on Vimeo.

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