Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas.
TEACHERS…Invite Rhythm Workshops out to your school or classroom! We’d love to bring our FREE “I Can Drum” Workshops to your students!
“I can think of no better place and time to be than where kids are at that point in their lives when they begin to understand who they are and what they are capable of doing” -Ed Francis, Artistic Director
What we do at Rhythm Workshops is fun, a gift, and created for girls and boys to experience what it’s like to play drums in a caring and supportive atmosphere. Our nonprofit also provides a way to begin the important discussion with kids about who they are and what they hope to do as they grow into adults.
While touring schools I enjoy being a part of that important time when kids are starting to define themselves in ways that set the tone for what happens during their adult lives. Unfortunately, many children are bombarded with messages that communicate stifling limits, fail to nurture, or even recognize, their true passion(s) and neglect to consider a child’s preference when it comes to their own future.
When kids lack exposure to experiences and presentations that fill their hearts with encouraging messages to help bring about the belief they can have a happy life, these children usually end up believing the hurtful messages generously provided by people who themselves have lacked that very same opportunity.
My hope is to instill a deep sense of confidence in what is possible, and encourage young people to know they have a special “something” to share with the people in their community.
Drumming has become my way to connect with kids. Drums are loud and demand attention. Once kids take notice – and they do take notice – I share my personal story, and invite everyone in attendance (even the teachers and parents) to consider what it is they truly love to do. And perhaps most importantly, let all know they need not require anyone else’s permission to do it. The only exception being permission from themselves!
No matter where we come from – cultural backgrounds, religious upbringings, or the languages we might speak – drumming communicates.
Rhythm workshops communicates at the deepest levels. We all experience the beat. Even if some don’t understand how to play a particular rhythm, they are still effected by what they hear and feel. Kids respond to the cool rhythms and seek to be a part of that exciting experience – and that’s the moment when we have their full attention.
What we have to say is all about possibilities. Kids need to hear about the importance of daydreaming. That a future filled with happiness and a life full of joy begins with considering a rarely asked question – “who am I?” Answering this question is something many adults never fully answer, and my hope is to ensure young people today more thoroughly consider their unique answer as they make choices and begin growing up.
I have found some of the things that matter the most in life are often not what kids are encouraged to think or even talk about. And I hope to be part of a meaningful discussion that influences our young people toward a future filled with encouragement and happiness.
The best way I can think to help spread the experience of what we do here at Rhythm Workshops is to assist other drum teachers – who teach everywhere around the country – to replicate what we already do here in our community with the kids in their own local communities.
My vision is to see all kids in every local community have an energetic and positive person to reach into their lives in the same way that drumming has allowed me to do here with the kids in our local community.
Our role is to communicate through drumming the importance of beginning to answer the question; “who am I?” Our task is to light the spark that helps kids to feel comfortable exploring ways to pursue their dreams, set fire to passions contained already inside, and inspire those same kids to one day share their experiences with others in their local communities when they themselves actually use their special gifts as adults.