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's Edition.  (See publications)
2017 sites included:

June 5-9 (Kansas City, KS; San Antonio, TX)   June 12-16 (Cheyenne, WY;  Columbus, OH; Dickinson, ND)   June 19-23 (Denver, CO; Greensboro, NC; Las Vegas, NVJune 25-30 (Oconomowoc, WI)  July 3-7 (Amsterdam, Netherlands July 10-14 (Jacksonville, FL; Marion, IN; Portland, OR)  July 17-21 (Pittsburgh, PA)  July 24-28 (Baltimore, MD; Bellingham, WA)  July 31-Aug. 4 (Deerfield, NH)

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's Edition. (See publications).

2017 sites included:

June 5-9  (San Antonio, TX)  June 12-16 (Dickinson, ND)  June 19-23 (Greensboro, NC)  June 25-30 (Oconomowoc, WI)  July 3-7 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)  July 10-14 (Portland, OR)  July 31-Aug. 4 (Deerfield, NH)

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).

2017 sites included:

June 5-9 (Kansas City, KS)  June 12-16 (Columbus, OH)  June 19-23 (Las Vegas, NV)  June 25-30 (Oconomowoc, WI)  July 24-28 (Baltimore, MD; Bellingham, 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.

2017 sites included:

June 25-30 (Oconomowoc, WI)  July 24-28 (Baltimore, MD)

Drumming 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. The 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. Drumming Up the Fun is taught by Melissa Blum.

2017 sites included:

June 19-23 (Denver, CO)  June 25-30 (Oconomowoc, WI)  July 24-28 (Bellingham, WA)

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 three of the four periods each day presenting strategies for singing (including reading through complimentary choral octavos), movement, and drumming. One period a day is taught by Will Schmid and other guest faculty.

2017 site included:

June 25-30 (Oconomowoc, WI)

Walt Hampton Hot Marimba
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.

2017 sites included:

July 10-14 (Portland, OR)  July 24-28 (San Antonio, TX)

West African Drumming
This workshop title is provided for those repeating a class and requiring a different course name.  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 ($559) or 3 Graduate Semester Credits ($879) 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).  

New in 2017:  "Drum It Forward".  Full-time college students pay a reduced registration price of $299.  University faculty with student(s) participating may take advantage of this reduced price, as well.

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