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World Rhythms: Drum, Strum & Sing World Music


Summer 2018 Information

Registration for all Summer courses begins March 5, 2018.
Registration for all Summer Online courses closes on June 1, 2018 at
12:00 p.m. CDT.
Summer Online courses begin June 11 and conclude on August 3, 2018.
3-Credit Tuition Promotion Schedule:
March 5 – April 1, 2018:  $970 (includes $50 savings)
April 2 – April 29, 2018:  $995 (includes $25 savings)
April 30 – August 3, 2018:  $1,020 (Full tuition)
1-Credit Tuition:
$340 (promotional pricing does not apply)
Orff Schulwerk Levels Courses
(promotional pricing does not apply)
Promotional pricing only applies for tuition paid in full.
Celebrate the music of the Caribbean, Brazil and West Africa! World drumming has become very popular in recent years. Knowing how to identify, play and organize a variety of drums and percussion instruments is key to the success of world drumming instruction. World Rhythms provides a complete curriculum beginning with authentic instruments, tuning and techniques, through playing different rhythms, creating ensembles, performances, and addressing special needs. Educators with prior world drumming experience will discover new materials, techniques and strategies, while those new to world music will gain solid foundational skills needed for success. World Rhythms is a complete and holistic music program that integrates drumming, ukulele, Orff instruments and movement. You’ll learn how to leverage the power of music and draw upon music therapy strategies and techniques to address social and emotional goals while helping students with special needs create successful experiences.

Instructor: Kalani Das, MT-BC


Kalani Das, MT-BC, is a world percussion specialist with more than 30 years of professional experience. He is a certified Orff Schulwerk educator, a board-certified music therapist, and a requested presenter at conferences worldwide. Das has worked with music legends Barry Manilow, Yanni, Kenny Loggins and Rod Stewart. He is the founder of the DCM approach to community music making and a member of the Music Therapy Drumming training team. Das has written nine books and produced numerous instructional DVDs and music CDs. He presents workshops, retreats and residencies for students, teachers, therapist, and the general public. More information can be found at and


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World Rhythms: Drum, Strum & Sing World Music


Instructor: Kalani Das
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration
Course Code: 6538
Dates: June 11-15, 2018
Location: VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St. Chicago IL 60616
Room: TBD
Prerequisites: None
Required text(s): VanderCook will provide all text(s).

VanderCook College of Music

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

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