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.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288