Beverly guides students in a hands-on music celebration, blending creativity and global percussion colors with basic techniques of drumming from Africa and Latin America. Using the rhythm of words, participants will learn some of the building blocks of music- steady beat, groove, phrasing, call and response, dynamics and improvisation. They will create a rhythm ensemble, building skills of teamwork, listening, creativity and self -expression. Students and teachers will learn about instruments they can make from recycled materials, connecting to the environment, science and math. They will understand music and drumming in relation culture and history and will have a deeper awareness of rhythm and pattern across the curriculum. “Drum Talk” has a cultural arts theme, exploring diversity, creativity and global connections. It can be designed to also integrate a specific, grade-level, curriculum focus: Social Studies – Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, USA & jazz. English Language Arts – drumming with poetry & stories Science of Sound, STEM and Math.
Both in-person and virtual (live and pre-recorded) options are available for this program.
Beverly Botsford is a cross-cultural percussionist, blending music, movement, and spoken word in solo and ensemble presentations. Embracing drumming traditions of Africa, Cuba, South America and her native North Carolina, Beverly weaves colorful rhythmic tapestries with her infinite array of collected and homemade instruments. Her decades of experience include work with the African American Dance Ensemble, American Dance Festival, as well as sharing passion for rhythm and culture in hundreds of school and community residencies, performances and workshops. The language of rhythm is universal and Beverly brings decades of global experience, touring with Grammy nominated, jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon in major venues around the world.