Early Childhood Sound Exploration

Hello everyone,

The early childhood sound exploration class has been moved to Tuesday mornings due to the space availability. Therefore, our first day of class will be on Tuesday, September 17, 10-11am. I hope this will work for everyone. Please confirm if you will be signing up your child for the class by the end of this week. This will be geared to kids 5 and under.  The class will be Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 South Mills Street.  The cost is $64 for an eight-class package or $10 for a drop in. 

Class Description:

• Interactive drum circle for all levels of experience

• Playful, expressive and energetic environment

• Collaborate to create music as a community

• Learn basic West African drum rhythms and chants

• Participate in soundscape exercises focusing on just listening without judgement

• Learn how to participate in a drum circle, including rhythms, chants, call and response and solo phrases

Program:  I introduce people of all ages to the Djembe drum as well as other percussions and encourage them to explore the sounds they can make with the different instruments. I teach the basics of drumming and how to participate in a drum circle, including rhythms, chants, call and response and solo phrases. We then explore playing together and individual expression.  The focus is on how to work as a group and listen to each other to create music in the circle. We work on improvisational exercises to tap into a non-critical and non-judgemental way of really listening. We will use this playful, expressive and energetic environment to collaborate to create music as a community.


Theme:  We will focus on songs from West African, Brazilian, Filipino, and Native American cultures.  We will learn traditional chants and rhythms from the different cultures and talk about the instruments the different cultures use.

Instruments will be provided.

  Thank you, Elmore Lawson

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