7595 A Complete Guide to World Drumming


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Music educators are expected to teach more than just band instruments and music. World music is an important and requested genre at all points in music education, yet many educators feel they do not receive enough training and experience to successfully teach the various instruments and music styles that fall under this broad category. This course takes you through a musical tour of popular 'world music' instruments and genres with video and audio examples of popular percussion instruments, bands and real-world applications. No playing experience is required. Students will be evaluated on knowledge of instruments, rhythms and styles of music. This course serves as a primer for live world drumming training and an expansion to a current world drumming curriculum.


Instructor: Kalani Das, MT-BC

Kalani Das is a certified Orff-Schulwerk music educator, Board-Certified Music Therapist and professional musician who has played and recorded with talents such as; Barry Manilow, Yanni, Kenny Loggins, Rod Stuart, and others. He is a frequently requested clinician at MENC conferences and presents workshops and in- service programs for music educators in the US and abroad. Kalani is the author of over twelve books and numerous educational videos. He is the founder of the Developmental Community Music approach and currently provides music therapy services for adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Specialties include: percussion, ukulele, native flute, and music improvisation.


2021 Humanity in Music Education Conference Details


In-person registration fee:
Early bird prior to July 1: $150
After July 1 and on-site: $200

Registration forms coming soon!

Registration includes continental breakfast for both days and cocktail hour.

College students: $50

For 1 graduate credit: $150

Remote fee: $100

Accommodation details coming soon!


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Course Information

7595 A Complete Guide to World Drumming

3 graduate credits
Tuition: $930, due in full with registration.


VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 4, 2019. The week prior to the Spring 2019 term start date, we will be adding you as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from or with log-in instructions between January 28th and February 3rd. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of February 4th, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.

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Chicago, IL 60616-3731
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