Santa Maria, Calif. – April 24, 2019 – The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum has added two new instruments to its musical library enabling people of all ages to make more beautiful music together!
Thanks to a generous, anonymous donation from the community, two Conga Drums and a collection of Soprano Pentatonic Freechimes now stand in the Discovery Museum’s outdoor area next to the Discovery Farms Produce Truck.
“We’re so excited to offer more hands-on opportunities for children to play and learn about music,” Executive Director Nancy Gastelum said. “Music supports children’s all-around development and helps shape their skills in concentration, memory, and listening. In a free-play environment, where there are no wrong notes, the experience can lead to a life-long love of music and music making.”
The word pentatonic comes from the Greek word “pente,” meaning five, and “tonic,” meaning tone. The pentatonic scale is sometimes referred to as a five-tone or five-note scale. The notes in the pentatonic scale naturally work well together in any order because there are no dissonant (lacking harmony) intervals between them.
The Conga Drum, also known as the Tumbadora, is a tall, narrow, single-headed African or Cuban drum. Drumming can be very therapeutic, helping us to get in touch with our inner selves, and a fun way to rejuvenate our minds, bodies, and souls. Recent research shows that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system, and produces feelings of well-being.
Now celebrating its 23rd year as the only children’s museum in Northern Santa Barbara County, the Discovery Museum is fun for all ages, with 13,000-square-feet of “please touch” exhibits, weekly programs, and special events that explore ourselves, our valley, our world, and beyond.
The museum is located at 705 S. McClelland St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Central Coast Makerspace is open Friday, 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit smvdiscoverymuseum.org or call (805) 928-8414.