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 $175 –

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).



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: