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:
- 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.
* 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 Themes: Program Themes (pdf)
Activity & Game Descriptions
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:
HOT AND COLD
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 (www.kalanimusic.com): 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.
HIP HOP STEP
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.
PIECES OF EIGHT
Another activity by Kalani (www.kalanimusic.com): Participants are provided a number (1 through 8) and play their instrument when the number is called.
LOOK, LISTEN, SEEK
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.
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?
• Community Centers
• 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!|
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.
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.
An appreciation for history
Geography Coordination Creativity
Cultural Understanding Communication Skills
Let’s Drum has been featured at:
|Agudat Achim Carrot Festival
Albany All-Stars Rollerderby
Albany Public Libraries:
– Bach Brach
– Delaware Branch
– North Albany Branch
Art n Soul Inc.
Bethlehem Day Camp
Bethlethem Public Library
Carol A. Dunigan Day Care Center
Clifton Park Public Library
Crandall Public Library
Duanesburg Community Center
East Greenbush Public 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
Sand Lake Public Library
Schenectady Public Library
– Central Branch
– Rotterdam Branch
– Scotia Branch
– Woodlawn Branch
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: www.pas.org
The Arts Center of the Capital Region: www.artscenteronline.org
Capital Region BOCES: www.capregboces.org