In the “Everything is a Drum” season of All Around This World we dive headfirst into the rhythmic foundations that underlie this music, engaging with foundational rhythmic concepts–as much as once can possibly do in a music class with tiny kids!–to take us closer to the heart of the countries and cultures we aim to explore. This compulsion to appreciate, engage, and maybe even try to understand, takes takes a rhythmic journey that circles the globe. In our lessons we visit:
— Latin America: we dance samba and then flail through the air with the rhythms of capoeira
— Africa: some of us drum three beats and at the same time others drum two as we explore the wonders of polyrhythm.
— South and Central Asia: we learn to speak out the bols and beats, flummoxing our way through the verbal percussion language known as konnakol.
— The Caribbean: we meet the clave, both the 2-3 and the 3-2
— Eastern Europe and the Baltics: it’s all about additive rhythms as make sense out of complex accumulations of 3s and 2s using pineaepples, apples and other syllabic fruit.
— East and Southeast Asia: we stand tall and scream “HAI!” as we proudly drum our big taiko drums.
— The U.S. and Canada: We bring back the best parts of 80’s–there were some!–as we breakdance.
— West Asia and the Middle East: we meet doums and teks and Arabic rhythms
— Oceania and the Pacific Islands: we learn jaw-dropping Pacific rhythms and shake our hips to Tahitian Otea.
— Western Europe and the Nordic Countries: we hop, leap and jump as we do an Irish reel and jig.
No one will be turned away from All Around This World courses due to lack of funds. Discounts and scholarships are available! Check out the pricing secton below for details. Bottom line: if you want to sing with me, we'll make it happen.
HOW DOES THIS WORK? YOU decide the best balance for your family. If you would prefer your experience to mainly be "live," register here for the current series of "Everything is a Drum'" Livecast classes. You will "come to class" each week to sing and dance with me, then pay me directly by paypal or venmo. Tuition details are on the registration page. When you register for the "Everything is a Drum" series of Livecasts I'll send you a code to access "Everything is a Drum" course materials on this site that will support your experience throughout the week.
If you'd rather learn primarily through the "Everything is a Drum" course materials introduced on this page, enroll for the course through this site. When you do, I'll make sure you know about the "Everything is a Drum" Livecast classes that will complement your courses. If you pay through this site, you can come to the Livecast classes for free. Questions?