Descriptions and Locations:

All workshops run 4.5 days, Monday-Thursday (9:00-5:00) plus Friday, 9:00-@12:00.

World Music Drumming – Level 1
For teachers, counselors, community recreation leaders, church musicians, and players who would like to learn the basics of African and Caribbean drumming, singing, and moving. This course is primarily based on the publication, World Music Drumming. Participants will learn how to implement and teach a course or an experience in World Music Drumming. The Level 1 class assumes no prior experience with drumming. Participants will need the World Music Drumming 20th Anniversary Teacher Edition.  (See publications)

2018 sites include:

June 4-8 (Naples, FL)   June 11-15 (Cedar Rapids, IA; Greenville, SC; McKinney, TX; Valencia, CA)   June 18-22 (Lincoln, NE; Memphis, TN; Slippery Rock, PAJune 24-29 (Milwaukee, WI)  July 9-13 (Warrenton, VA July 16-20 (Coeur d'Alene, ID; Elizabethtown, PA; Katy, TX; Northport, NY)  July 23-27 (Bothell, WAAugust 6-10 (Sintra, Portugal)  August 13-17 (Edmonton, AB, Canada)

World Music Drumming – Curriculum Update
For teachers who have taken WMDrumming Level 1 and want to broaden their competence with the World Music Drumming Curriculum. Participants learn fresh approaches to Ensembles 1-7 using newly created strategies and teaching materials. The course includes additional songs, recordings, movement, and related drum, xylophone and recorder ensembles from supplementary sources. Teachers micro-teach all seven ensembles. Participants will also expand their cultural knowledge of the music studied. Curriculum Update participants will need the World Music Drumming 20th Anniversary Teacher Edition. (See publications).

2018 sites include:

July 9-13 (Warrenton, VA

World Music Drumming – Beyond the Basics (New!)
Play, Sing, Move, Drum. This fun course is for those who have taken WMD Level 1 and want to expand their repertory, skills, and strategies. Enhance your WMD teaching through games and movement; new songs, chorals, and program ideas; new ensembles and styles; arranging, composing, and accompanying techniques. Premiering in the Milwaukee site only, this course encourages participants to bring a guitar or ukulele, song ideas, notation program, and questions. Bring your copy of the World Music Drumming 20th Anniversary Teacher Edition and any other World Music Publications you own.

2018 sites include:

June 24-29 (Milwaukee, WI)

World Music Drumming – Level 2
For those who have taken Level 1 and wish to improve their musical skills and teaching effectiveness. Each day, Level 2 participants work with Sowah Mensah or Kofi Gbolonyo on Ghanaian drumming, singing, movement, Ghanaian flute, adenkum gourds, and gyil (xylophone). Will Schmid or other faculty teach ensembles, songs, recorders, xylophones, from WMD supplementary book/CDs. Josh Ryan concentrates on drum ensembles, leading, and songs in pieces such as gahu from Ghana and rumba from Cuba. Other faculty teach materials from other sources and cultures, movement, and reinforcement for the World Music Drumming curriculum. Level 2 participants will need a copy of Global Grooves (see publications).

2018 sites include:

June 11-15 (McKinney, TX)  June 18-22 (Slippery Rock, PA)  June 24-29 (Milwaukee, WI)  July 16-20 (Northport, NY)  July 23-27 (Bothell, WA)

World Music Drumming – Level 3
For those who have taken Levels 1 and 2. Course content includes drumming, singing, and dancing from Ghana (Ga, Akan, Ewe peoples), gyil xylophone ensembles from Northern Ghana, Ghanaian flute playing, adenkum gourds, and Caribbean (Cuba, etc.) drumming, singing.    Level 3 is taught by Sowah Mensah and Josh Ryan. No text required.

2018 sites include:

June 24-29 (Milwaukee, WI)  July 16-20 (Northport, NY)

Drum Up the Fun
This workshop is intended for early childhood and early elementary classroom and music educators. The workshop provides participants with ready-to-use drumming activities for preK-grade 2 and the skills and practice to create even more activities for your classroom. It explores a variety of World Music Drumming ensembles in their original versions, then modifies them for children ages 3-8 combining familiar songs and chants. Taught by Melissa Blum, this class also focuses on sound stories — a medium for introducing young children to playing techniques, improvisation skills, and respect for drums, world percussion, and other small percussion instruments. No text required. 

2018 sites include:

June 11-15 (Cedar Rapids, IAJune 18-22 (Memphis, TN)  July 16-20 (Elizabethtown, PA)

Kids, Choir & Drums
This workshop is geared toward elementary- and middle-school teachers of vocal music, including music educators, church group leaders, and community group leaders. Individuals with all levels of music instruction are welcome and previous drumming experience isn’t necessary. Lynn Brinckmeyer teaches this fun, information packed course, presenting strategies for singing (including reading through complimentary choral octavos), movement, and drumming. No text required.



Walt Hampton Hot Marimba – Level 1
This workshop is taught by Walt Hampton, famous for popularizing the vibrant Zimbabwean-style marimba playing found in his publications Hot Marimba! and Marimba Mojo!. Participants will experience first-hand the benefits and excitement of Zimbabwean-style marimba music in their classroom. You will learn playing and teaching techniques from this master teacher as you play, and also gain background information. Most of the arrangements studied are also playable on Orff-type xylophones. No text required.

2018 sites include:

July 16-20 (Katy, TX

Walt Hampton Hot Marimba – Level 2 (New!)
Hot Marimba gets even hotter.  The new Level 2 workshop is located in Walt Hampton’s hometown of Richland, WA. This workshop will explore more difficult repertoire, more challenging techniques, and how to get your advanced marimba players to duplicate those techniques. Walt will also deal with more advanced musical concepts such as polyrhythms, unusual note groupings, and odd meter signatures. Level 2 will go much more in-depth with composition and arranging. The pre-requisite for Level 2 is to have taken the Level 1 workshop at least once. No text required.

2018 sites include:

July 30-Aug. 3  (Richland, WA)  

Drumming Around the World
This workshop title is provided for those repeating a class and requiring a different course name.  It is not a separate class. It is offered at all workshop venues as an option, non-credit and with 3 graduate semester credits.


All workshops are available for either Non-Credit ($569) or 3 Graduate Semester Credits ($889) from *VanderCook College of Music (register through Music Workshops, Ltd.). Special Host Discounts may apply for teachers in School Districts hosting a workshop. A $250 Scholarship Rebate is available from REMO, Inc. for those who qualify (See policy).  

"Drum It Forward".  Full-time college students (including 2018 Spring/Summer graduates) pay a reduced registration price of $299.  University faculty with student(s) participating may also take advantage of this reduced price. Drum It Forward students are not eligible for $169 Host Discount in addition to the $299 reduced price.

*Course numbers from VanderCook College are available two months before summer workshops commence.