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Class Notes Concerts Preview: Heliopsis

Heliopsis (Mikaela Marget, Nyttu Chongo) Ellen Schmidt/Honeydew Mellen Photography

September 16, 2021

Welcome to Class Notes Concerts!

After a year of Virtual Class Notes Concerts, YourClassical MPR is returning to the classroom with In-Person School Visits and Live Virtual Concerts. 

Each year, YourClassical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of music.

For more information on booking a concert, check out our Class Notes Concerts 2021-2022 Artist Menu or contact

In the coming weeks, we will publish a Class Notes Concert Preview for each artist or ensemble. Find each preview on the YourClassical Music Lessons Page.

These previews will feature:

  • Audio and video of each ensemble/artist to use in the classroom or enjoy on your own.

  • Ideas, information, and activities to prepare students for an in-person concert or a Live Virtual Field Trip. This information can also be used as a reinforcement tool after students experience an in-person/live virtual concert or as a classroom resource. 

This Class Notes Concert preview features Heliopsis.

1. Begin by watching and listening to Heliopsis perform a song that they wrote called Katydid.

2. The first video featured two instruments. Mikaela plays the cello (CHE-llow) and Nyttu plays the timbila (tim-BEE-la.) In the next video, Nyttu will share some facts and information about the timbila.

3. Nyttu comes from the country of Mozambique on the continent of Africa. Many of the instruments he plays are common in Mozambique. Take a look on the map below to see where Mozambique is located.

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4. Mikaela and Nyttu use a process called improvisation to create many of their compositions. In the next video, they will explain and demonstrate how they collaborate and use improvisation to compose pieces together.

5. Mikaela and Nyttu composed Ngoma ya Tumbuluko through improvisation. As you listen and watch, think about how they might have worked together to create this piece.

6. Did you notice Nyttu’s instrument in Ngoma ya Tumuluko? It is called mbira (mBEE-rah.) In the next video, you will learn about and listen to the mbira.

7. Finally, Mikaela will demonstrate her instrument – the cello.

8. Want to learn more about Heliopsis and their music? Book an in-person or Live Virtual Class Notes Concerts here, or contact for more information about Heliopsis.