Inspiring students to listen, move, interact, and develop a responsive engagement with the world around them through movement and sound. One time workshops or on-going lessons are available.
Rhythm & Drumming Workshop
-Achieve a well-rounded tone, and make your drum sing
-Build upon our own naturally-given internal rhythm
-Learn rhythms from around the world
-Play harmoniously with other people, and much more.
Sound Exploration & Sound Meditation Workshops
Sound can induce trance-like conditions which include slow respiration rates and deep relaxation.
These states have been known to induce strong visual imagery, and evoke little or no awareness of the physical body
—Share and understand the deep, creative, and rhythmic space from which sound/music originates.
—Make listening a full-body experience, learning how to absorb sound vibrations with our whole bodies.
—Use instruments such as Himalayan singing bowls, gongs, bells, rattles, flutes, drums, and voice to demonstrate the transformative and healing power of sound.
School Workshops & Residencies
“Rhythm in the Environment”: an experiential program of sound explorations.
The project benefits students on a multiple of levels, engaging developmental pathways (physical, ethical, social, emotional, and cognitive) and integrating many aspects of an academic curriculum: social studies, environmental science, and mathematics.
Each week students work with musical instruments from around the world to:
- Strengthen their understanding of the aesthetic concepts of sound on the physical level,
- Use sound to center themselves and influence their state of being,
- Practice physical movement as a natural and fundamental part of their daily lives, improving their overall physical health,
- Enhance social skills through cooperative collaboration,
- Bolster self-esteem through new awareness, and
- Increase their understanding of commonalities among world cultures.
* Programs can be tailored from one-day to twelve weeks. The majority of the time is "Hands-on"
The curriculum listed below was scheduled over a five-week period.
WEEK 1 – What is sound?
Introduce the concept of sound and the physics behind it. Using Chinese gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, Middle Eastern frame drums and West African drums, students build an understanding of sound, space, time and energy while working cooperatively with others.
WEEK 2 – How we listen.
Using tribal and indigenous music, we investigate how we hear sound listen with the ears, the brain and the whole body. We develop listening, analyzing and evaluating skills in relationship to constant change.
WEEK 3 – Our creative essence.
Focusing on the creative impulse we learn how sound is produced from the deepest part of our being—the same way nature produces sounds. We will explore the physics of sound making, pattern and frequency.
WEEK 4 – Why we make music.
This week explores music as an important means of self-expression. We see how it is universal throughout culture and history, and build awareness of commonalities among individuals and cultures around the world.
WEEK 5 –Function of Music.
Students are introduced to the various functions of music: sacred, ceremonial, celebratory, meditative, entertainment, and dance. They will explore musical concepts such as dynamics, tempo, time signatures, articulations, and phrasing.