Program & Pricing

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Programs can be single sessions or multiple / in-residencies.

Standard one-hour* session

The ideal length for a single program is one hour and generally uses the following format:

Schools & Libraries

Has been very popular among schools and libraries over the years

  • Introduction
  • Hands-on practice and technique
  • Cultural/history moment
  • Activity #1 (view attached lesson plan for activity and game descriptions)
  • Instrument show ‘n tell
  • Traditional rhythm practice
  • Activity #2
  • More instrument show ‘n tell
  • Another cultural/history moment
  • Activity #3
  • Free play

*Sessions can go longer or shorter depending on the group’s desires

Recurring / In-residency programs

Each program can focus on a chosen theme using instruments from the culture or era, learning words and terms from the language or time, with games and activities appropriate to the subject.  Elements from the Standard Program will be mixed into the themes as fillers.   Instruments that are not “theme-based” may be used in order to accommodate larger groups.

A group may choose to focus on a specific theme for their program.  If there is a topic you that you would like covered, please contact me and I can customize a program to fit your curriculum.

Program Themes

*   Latin America   *   The Civil War   *   West Africa   *   Early America   *    And More . . .     

An all-encompassing program can be offered touching on a variety of topics, or focused themes can be offered.

View/Print the list of Program ThemesProgram Themes (pdf)

Activity & Game Descriptions

Games & activites are incorporated into every program.Photo by Laurie Buckley

Games & activities are incorporated into every program. Photo by Laurie Buckley

The most anticipated and memorable features of the program are the interactive games and activities that keep participants engaged among the instructional and listening portions.  The titles below are just a few of the options participants may experience:

A variation of the common “Hide and Seek” game whereas participants control their speed and volume to help a chosen participant to find an object hidden in the room.

A simple beginning exercise during which participants repeat the pattern of the instructor.

Another activity by Kalani ( Partipants respond with their category of instrument (drum, shaker, striker) to the boucing, tossing, or throwing of a ball.

A version of the popular repeat game.

Referred to as “an acoustic version of the “Dance Dance Revolution” video game, a chosen participant steps onto various shapes on the floor while others respond accordingly with their instruments.

Another activity by Kalani ( Participants are provided a number (1 through 8) and play their instrument when the number is called.

A number of instruments are placed in front of the group. After the instructor demonstrates them, a student is chosen to turn their back while another student sounds one or two. The student then turns around and attempts to determine which one(s) were chosen.

Think of it as an “unplugged” version of the popular battery-operated game SimonTM from the 80’s.  Four different instruments will be placed while participants are invited to continue the pattern as it grows longer with each turn.


Lesson Plan

 To get an idea of what a standard program would cover, you can view a copy of the Lesson Plan for the Standard 1-hour Program:  Lesson Plan (pdf)


Participants with Special Needs

Drumming and percussion are fantastic mediums for self-expression and is often grasped and received by people in astonishing ways.  Let’s Drum can be modified (often on-the-spot) to accommodate those who may have special needs, physical and mental disabilities, and the elderly.  Whether it be an adult mental health group or children within the autism spectrum, the appropriate activities and instruments can be implemented so that everyone can fully engage in the program.

Please contact me to discuss the needs and/or limitations of the potential participants and the program can be modified to accommodate them.



– Programs begin at $200 –

Price increases as location falls further from the Capital Region.

Special pricing available for 501(c)(3) non-profits, religious organizations, and recurring programs (e.g. weekly afternoon sessions).



Where can it be offered?

• Libraries
• Conferences
• Community Centers
• Retreats
• Festivals
• Cultural Events
• Birthday Parties
• Day Camps
• After-school Programs
• Special Events
• Also available for community theater performances and other events in need of some noise!
Setup Photo Strip

The program is flexible to fit into a number of settings and venues: chairs, grass, carpeting, as well as indoors or outdoors.




Ashokan’s 2008 Winter Weekend retreat for adult outdoor educators. Olivebridge, NY



Any age! The program can be modified so that more games and activities are incorpated into Pre-K through pre-teen groups, whereas adult and teen programs can focus more on history, culture, and technique.






Group Sizes?

Program can provide instruments for 50 participants. Larger, theater-sized performances can also be accommodated

Groups from anywhere between 10 and 60 participants is ideal. However, the program can be modified for auditorium stage performances as well as smaller, intimate sessions.

Themes include:

Leadership                                    Fun

An appreciation for history

Geography                   Coordination                    Creativity

Cultural Understanding                          Communication Skills


Let’s Drum has been featured at:

Halftime Performance at Albany All*Stars Rollerderby. Photo by Elizabeth Sorrano

Halftime Performance at Albany All*Stars Rollerderby. Photo by Elizabeth Sorrano


Schools & Libraries

Schools & Libraries

Upper Madison Street Fair

Upper Madison Street Fair

Agudat Achim Carrot Festival
Albany All-Stars Rollerderby
Albany Public Libraries:
– Bach Brach
– Delaware Branch
– North Albany Branch
Art n Soul Inc.
Ashokan Center
Bethlehem Day Camp
Bethlethem Public Library
Cambridge Library
Canajoharie Library
Carol A. Dunigan Day Care Center
Chester Library
Clifton Park Public Library
Crandall Public Library
Duanesburg Community Center
East Greenbush Public Library
Easton Library
Glenville Public Library
Hannaford Kidz Expo
Hyde Park Elementary
Mercy Cares Day Care Center
New Scotland Elementary School
New York Outdoor Education Association annual conference
Niskayuna Public Libary
North Albany Academy
Northeast Parent & Child Society
Northville Public Library
Petersburgh Public Library
Phoenicia Library
Sand Lake Public Library
Schenectady Public Library
– Central Branch
– Rotterdam Branch
– Scotia Branch
– Woodlawn Branch
Schuylerville Library
St. Mary’s School, Ballston Spa
Tiny Tots Tea Room
Town of Ballston Community Library
Troy Public Library
– Lansingburgh Branch
– Main Branch
Upper Madison Street Fair
Voorheesville Public Library
Waterford Public Library
William K. Sanford Town Library
Windham Ashland Jewitt SchoolPlease feel free to contact the above locations/organizations for references–I will be happy to provide you with a contact name.



The following list of organizations may offer grants or other financial assistance for the program:

The Percussive Arts Society:

The Arts Center of the Capital Region:

Capital Region BOCES: