Instructor, Facilitator, Storyteller|
Music is expression for the cultures of
the world. This
seminar is to point out our similarities and differences through music
of the world. By understanding the music of other cultures I hope
people will begin to appreciate each other, bringing us closer together
as a world community. We can celebrate the diversity among us by
sharing our common elements. Using our global link, music we can learn
about, and share our unique qualities.
The most common musical instrument on earth is-the
drum. In the Bantu language of the African sub-Saharan
region, the word Ngoma
represents the inseparable concepts of, drum, dance, and song. This
belief is shared by other cultures of the world, also. So I present, La
Musique du Monde, World Music, Pheeg puv tebchaws, Musica del Mundo,
Sekai no Ongaku, in a forum for all. Come and enjoy, play,
create, and share the experience of world music with drums from a small
"I liked the play/story it was fun the
way he told it and we
could just do it without rehearsing or anything". Claire age
liked getting to play the drum". Charlie age 10
"It is definitely an experience
they will keep for a long time". Caren Carlson, Instructor - Fox
Valley Montessori School, Aurora, Il.
"People were talking about it for weeks"!
Angela, Director - Wayzata Music Educators Boosters,
The joy of our
planet's music and
cultures has been presented to many
schools, companies, institutions, and facilities in a wide variety
locations. All ages
are welcome. Challenged, handicapped, infirmed, and those incarcerated
can take part in the rhythmic activities. Here are some of the places
which have enjoyed drums from a small planet.
International College, Osaka, Japan|
Osaka International School, Minoh, Japan
Moorhead School Dist. Schools, Moorhead, MN
Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN
Fargo Public Library, Fargo, N.D.
Fargo-Moorhead YMCA, Fargo, N.D.
Presbyterian Church, Fargo, N.D.
Episcopalian Church, Moorhead, MN
Marguerite's Music Store, Moorhead, MN
West Central Juvenile Detention Center, MN
Trollwood Arts Park, Fargo, N.D.
City Park, Ft. Collins, CO
MARS Music Store, Roseville, MN
Minneapolis Parks and Rec., MN
Body Mind Circle Yoga Studio, Circle Pines, MN
Farm In The City Youth Program, St. Paul, MN|
St. James Catholic School, Chicago, IL
Fox Valley Montessori School, Aurora, IL
Project for Pride in Living, Mpls. MN
St. Paul ISD 625 School Dist. MN
Beth-Israel Camp, Minnetonka, MN
C.E.S.A. 11, WI
Ellis Drum Shop, St. Paul, MN
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN
First Unitarian Society Retreat, Camp St. Croix, WI
Cargill Corp. MN
G.M.A.C., Mpls. MN
Mt. Olivet Retreat Center, Lakeville, MN
Roseville Area ISD 623 School Dist. MN
Gillette Children's Hospital, St. Paul, MN
North St. Paul/Maplewood ISD 622 School Dist. MN
understanding and appreciation of the peoples of the world through the
music and stories representing the cultures of those people.
World culture is
explored through dance, song, and rhythm.
to various regions of the world are demonstrated, explained, and then
played by participants in the session.
uses rhythms and strategies from his popular book, "Drum
Circle Cookbook" to create a community of
cooperative drumming with the participants.
The Drum Circle is
participants to interact and play at their own pace.All ages may take
part. Rhythms are performed according to a persons ability. Success is
measured by everyone participating and doing their best.
indigenous rhythms may be performed in the oral tradition. Songs and
rhythm games, like "Jello" and "Hometown
Hero" are played giving everyone a dynamic part.
challenged participants are encouraged to play and share their ideas.
young players is an effort Kenne has an intuitive focus on. He does his,
"RhythmiKidz", "Youth Beat" and "Kids
Drum" classes and seminars at schools.
His book, "RhythmiKidz"
is a popular manual for elementary kids with patterns and
activities to enrich young players rhythmic performance skills and
appreciation of drumming as well as music in general.
Ken uses the school
tested rhythm pieces and classroom materials in his books as a guide
for teaching drumming rhythms to elementary school children and
Center Facilitators and Day Care Providers can find valuable resources
in this book also.
for grades - (K-2)(3-4)(5-6)(7-8), enabling them to see, hear, and play
international musical instruments firsthand with their peers through
level specific language.
adults, and teachers. This includes a more in depth discussion of the
people, and their cultures, and how music is socially and
ritualistically integrated into those cultures.
AT RISK and CAAP
intervention program focus to give kids social and scholastic inclusion.
are done for
infirmed, handicapped and special needs kids and adults in conjunction
with rehabilitation and music therapy programs.
kindergarten and elementary school aged kid's programs, the Drums
From A Small Planet workshop also includes
interactive stories like,"Kassa", "Ming Lo",
"Udala'm" and the feature:|
"Story Of The
Stories are told in a narrative, enlisting
participants in role
playing, call and response, and rhythm performance, to bring the
stories to life!
and songs of different peoples from around the world are used. Video
performances of native peoples and audio tapes are used for reference
discussions and a visual connection.
Stories are told and
crafts are made representing celebrations, festivals, and characters
from around the world.
or Classroom, with an Audio/Video system and an online SmartBoard, if
available. For auditoriums, cafeterias, or large multi-purpose rooms a
microphone is necessary.
Carpeted open area
is preferred for instrument usage and dance movement comfort.
If the weather is
pleasant, the seminar may be held out of doors.
minutes a session for kindergarten and lower elementary grades.
sessions for middle, secondary, and college level students.
Adult and Educator
sessions may be as long as arranged for.
performance at the end of each session, possibly video taped, for the
school or group.
An ethnic music
performance by the participants, possibly in the community.
Crafts to take home
and to school representing world cultures.
Online Quizzes, (World,
on the seminar, for fun
are wholly self
contained, as an independent seminar, or, cumulative, in which each
class covers a region of the world.
is a HANDS ON seminar.
actively take part.
The sessions are arranged so everyone in attendance will have something
to do. Physically challenged people are given instruction on compatible
instruments so they may understand, play, and share with others. As a
form of 'music therapy', percussion is a tested and
documented vehicle for stimulating motor skills and social interaction
in physically challenged people. Cooperation and communication are
encouraged in a non-threatening manner. Activities from the book "Drum
are used to instigate and stimulate neighbor, partner, and group
interaction. Everyone can participate and enjoy themselves. In creative
settings, participants, students will also have something to take home,
and to school from the workshop, to share with family, friends, and
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