Descriptions and Locations:

Workshops run 4.5 days, Monday-Thursday (9:00-5:00) plus Friday, 9:00-@12:00. (The exception to this rule is the Milwaukee WI setting).

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 based on the World Music Drumming Curriculum, written by Dr. Will Schmid. Participants will learn how to implement and apply the basics of the curriculum within a classroom and/or community setting. The Level 1 class assumes no prior experience with drumming and serves as an excellent introduction for including drumming within a sequentially based set of units and lessons.  Workshop Text: World Music Drumming 20th Anniversary Teacher Edition.  (See publications)

June 3-7 (Hartselle, AL)   June 10-14 (Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Slippery Rock, PA)   June 17-21 (Albuquerque, NM; Columbus, OH; Valencia, CAJune 23-28 (Milwaukee, WI)  July 1-5 (Bangkok, Thailand; Barcelona, Spain July 8-12 (Northport, NY)  July 15-19 (Elizabethtown, PA; New Orleans, LAJuly 22-26 (Lincoln, NE; San Antonio, TXJuly 29-Aug. 2 (Bothell, WA) Aug. 5-9 (New London, CT)

World Music Drumming – Beyond the Basics
Play, Sing, Move, Drum. This fun course is for those who have taken WMD Level 1 and want to expand their repertoire, 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. Programmed 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.

June 23-28 (Milwaukee, WI)

World Music Drumming – Level 2
For those who have taken Level 1 and wish to deepen their application of the World Music Drumming Curriculum as well as improve musical skills and teaching effectiveness. Each day, Level 2 participants work with a variety of faculty, including Sowah Mensah -- Ghanaian drumming, singing, movement, Ghanaian flute, adenkum gourds, and gyil (xylophone), and/or Josh Ryan -- Cuban, Afro-Cuban, Ghanian drumming, songs, and dance, and WMD faculty -- guiding participants in enhanced experiences with the curriculum and additional materials from other sources. Level 2 participants will use the 20th Anniversary Edition (2015), World Music Drumming Curriculum (see publications).

June 10-14 (Slippery Rock, PA) June 17-21 (Albuquerque, NM)   June 23-28 (Milwaukee, WIJuly 8-12 (Northport, NYJuly 15-19 (Elizabethtown, PA) July 22-26 (Lincoln, NE; San Antonio, TXJuly 29-Aug. 2 (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.

June 23-28 (Milwaukee, WIJuly 8-12 (Northport, NY)  July 29-Aug. 2 (Bothell, WA)

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. 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. 

June 10-14 (Kansas City, MOJuly 1-5 (Bangkok, Thailand)  July 29-Aug. 2 (Bothell, WA) August 5-9 (New London, CT)

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.

June 10-14 (Las Vegas, NV June 17-21 (Columbus, OH)

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 as well as gain background information on arranging and composing for this ensemble. Most of the arrangements studied are also playable on Orff-type xylophones. No text required.

July 22-26 (San Antonio, TX)  July 29-Aug. 2 (Bothell, WA)

Brazilian Drum, Sing, Dance (New!)
Offered in the Barcelona site only, participants work with master teacher/clinician/Brazilian musician Estêvão Marques Ferreira Rocha, in a weeklong experience in Brazilian music. Especially geared for music educators, Estêvão brings activities and resources for classroom settings that emerge from his publications, international workshop presentations, and daily practice with kids.

July 1-5 (Barcelona, Spain)

Walt Hampton Hot Marimba – Level 2
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.

(Not offered in 2019; next opportunity, 2020.)

West African Drumming
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 optional title, 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, LLC.). 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 2019 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.