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6767 World Percussion and Drum Circle Facilitation for the Classroom

World percussion is quickly becoming an integral part of any well-rounded music education program. Whether you’re utilizing authentic instruments, Remo tubano drums or bucket drums, this course arms you with a practical toolkit for incorporating world rhythms into your classroom. Essential rhythms from West Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the Caribbean will be introduced alongside drum circle facilitation methods and proper hand-drumming techniques. Exercises for developing the skills necessary for successful world percussion performance will also be covered, including playing syncopated rhythms, listening while playing, and having a group play multiple rhythms simultaneously. The drum circle facilitation portion of the course will provide teachers with fun rhythm games and activities to help foster student-led performance experiences as well as methods for facilitating music making experiences with students of varying ability levels. Participants will write a short world percussion arrangement, develop lesson plans and assessments on the topics presented, and engage in discussions on topics pertinent to world percussion pedagogy. This course is perfect for anyone from the beginner just delving into world percussion to the advanced instructor looking to expand their technical and rhythmic palette.

 

Instructor: Zachary Himelhoch

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Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Zachary Himelhoch is a world-percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Andy Narell, Chance the Rapper, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker and Dave Garfield at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert, Windsor Jazz Festival, and the Syracuse Jazz Festival.
 
Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago and his Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. He has taught clinics and master classes in percussion at a number of venues including the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, Columbia College Chicago, Holly Middle School, and Mott Community College. Zachary currently develops and teaches world percussion curriculum at the high school and middle school levels in Nashville Public Schools.
 
Zachary owns and operates ZJH Percussion, a company providing instructional programs, presentations, and private tutoring in all aspects of world percussion. ZJH Percussion, in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago’s Community Arts Partnership and the Music Institute of Chicago, served Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Parks District for over four years through the provision of culture and music education to underprivileged learners through the Chicago area. ZJH Percussion now serves the greater Nashville area.
 

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6767 World Percussion & Drum Circle Facilitation for the Classroom

Dates: July 10-14
Graduate Credits: 3
Tuition: $990, due in full with registration
Location: VCM - Room TBD
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
OPEN ENROLLMENT
 
Register online by Friday, April 14, and save $50 per class!
 
Register online by Friday, May 19, and save $25 per class!
 
Only registrations received and paid in full by 12:00 noon CDT on the dates above (April 10 for $50, May 15 for $25)  are eligible for the discounts. Balances paid after initial registration do not qualify.
 

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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