Weaving words and rhythms, students build literacy and learn essential music skills playing drums of Africa and Latin America and percussion colors from around the globe. Spiced with song, stories, movement and spoken word, classes develop skills of teamwork, listening, creativity, and self-expression, as they create a multi-layered rhythm ensemble. Students and teachers learn about instruments they can make from recycled materials, connecting to the environment, science and math. They will understand music and drumming in relation global cultures and history. Roots and Rhythm Residencies integrate music with culture, character and grade specific curriculum and can be co-designed with a particular theme or focus, for example: Social Studies- Africa, Latin America/Spanish language, USA- jazz, global cultures, ELA – integrates text from poems, stories, and other content as students explore rhythm, repetition, accent, and inflection, to enhance language fluency. Science of Sound- Vibration Celebration integrates music, wild percussion and science exploring vibration, wavelength, frequency, volume, pitch and other scientific sound phenomenon.
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.