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Unlocking Learning through Drumming

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4PM - 6PM


VENUE: Carriage House Theatre

Montalvo Box Office: 408-961-5858
Service fees may apply and are non-refundable.
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Unlocking Learning through Drumming
Photo: Tracy Baynes

About the instructor, Rome Hamner:

Rome Hamner has been performing and teaching taiko and world music for nearly 20 years. She currently works with PJ Hirabayashi through her TaikoPeace initiative and performs with TaikoSOBA in Palo Alto. In a career that includes well over 1,000 performances, highlights include playing for a crowd of 20k+ while suspended 200 feet in the air, a nationally televised appearance, and combining poi training and pyrotechnics to play with lit bachi (i.e., drumsticks that were set on fire- intentionally). Rome recently launched KINaesthetic, an ensemble that explores taiko and movement for powerful musical expression.

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Drumming is one of the most fundamental forms of creative human expression and integral to every culture. In the 1920s, the Orff method was developed as a way to release creativity and foster musicianship through experiential understanding of rhythm, melody, and phrasing. Together, these disciplines can create a learning environment that encourages participants to take risks, stretch, collaborate, and explore. This workshop will introduce percussion through Japanese Taiko and Orff activities, as well as strategies that can be adapted across learning levels and artistic disciplines to build environments where learners can unlock their full potential.