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Rhythm Residency ::: Value Of Rhythm

Rhythm Residency ::: Value Of Rhythm
NOTE: DRUM FOR CHANGE IS NOT A PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE. The artist brings real instruments for every student. Class sizes are limited to 25 students so that EVERYONE has the opportunity to drum TOGETHER. Students learn the history, construction, and traditional uses of the djembe drum from West Africa. Even non-participants enjoy the learnings in a school-wide assembly on Friday. This program features a character-building component that highlights values important to indigenous cultures. Each song that we learn has a specific underlying moral, ethic, or principle like gratitude, unity, positivity, ritual, service to others, respect, balance, celebration, and connection to nature that serve as positive examples for healthy, happy lifestyles for modern society. Six 55-minute sessions/day Mon-Thu (allow for lunch). Fri AM review followed by school-wide performance (two 30-minute programs). Add-on sessions for special-needs, after-school programs, or faculty/staff stress busters available.

Artist Background

Greg Whitt believes life is richer when we communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with one another and with the world around us. Because he believes this, he facilitates programs to help people live, work, and play well together. He works with corporations, congregations, communities, and classrooms that want to shake things up a bit in order to create more-meaningful connections. Greg has been an arts educator since 2002. He is a two-time recipient of the United Arts Council's Regional Artist Project Grant for folkloric study in Cuba (2011) and Belize (2014). Greg holds a graduate certificate in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He is president of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild.

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