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Phone:                  954-430-3027; 754-366-5220
Fax:                      954-430-3027
Web:                    www.
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Services Available:  Single Performance, Series or Residency


Description of Services

Solutions in Music Workshops 
Percussion Team Building / Stress Reduction: 
Motivational, interactive, team building, and stress relieving, all instruments provided, 20-100 participants, suited for students, principals, teachers, and administrative staff.

Introduction to Percussion Workshop:  Interactive and inspirational! A wide variety of instruments from all over the world provided with history and structured percussive games, 20 - 100 participants. Duration: 1 hour.

"Rhythms Around The World":  African/Batacuda/Samba/Modern Music/Jamaican Rhythms workshop, also intensely interactive and inspirational, and cultural as well: a wide variety of instruments from each country, featuring simple and complex styles, patterns, and history. All instruments provided, 20 - 100 participants, duration 1-3 hours. Workshop may be extended. 6 to 8 weeks 

History of Reggae Music Workshop:  Multi-media presentation on the evolution of this special music from Jamaica. 2+ hours lecture style workshop, with live musical demonstration. 30 - 250 participants.

“Rhythms of Africa, Music Around the World”:  Power packed concert taking audience on a musical journey from Africa, Brazil, Caribbean and the United States for a duration of 70 minutes, suited for either indoor or outdoor venues.

All workshops are created and instructed by William Stewart, former drummer from International SuperGroup Third World.


Background, Goals
Student workshops aim at improving affective, behavioral, and cognitive outcomes. 

Participants develop focus and control, creativity and innovation, increased sense of understanding, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Workshops include a wide variety of educational subjects, e.g. history, math, geography, language acquisition, as well as music and cultural arts. Students are also encouraged to “think out of the box.”

The educational goals of the service are to use rhythm as a tool to facilitate grasp of musical concepts using interactive hands-on instructional workshops, taking students from beginning to intermediate on to advanced rhythmic patterns and music.

The first workshops in each session, "Introduction to Percussion" introduce students to percussion instruments and their origins, using a wide variety of actual musical instruments from around the world. Students come to appreciate that the drums we recognize today in musical ensembles are descended from the very first instruments created by man, variations of which are still in use in different cultures throughout the world. Thus they learn not only the names and origins of percussion instruments, but relevant facts about African, Brazilian, and Caribbean culture and history, and the particulars of styles and rhythms common to each. Also here is where they start to learn simple rhythmic percussive games.

The session's next workshop, "Rhythms Around the World," which consist of four lesson plans: - African Rhythm, Batucada, Samba, Jamaica Rhythms part 1, Modern Music, pick up where "Introduction" ends, focusing more intensely on musical concepts such as rhythm, timing, and beat; tonality and harmony; performance techniques; and the role of percussive music forms with in the culture.

Music generally, and percussion specifically, are analyzed for their psycho/physical impact, presented as the "harmonic connection" linking human beings. Rhythm in particular bridges sensual and emotional gaps among people, reduces stress and tension, and serves as a catalyst to promoting teamwork. Real world examples from African and Caribbean cultures are analyzed, and students put their lessons to work with practice and performances on percussion instruments.

During the last two workshops in each session, participating students will rehearse for a performance exhibiting their newly developed skills. Group A and Group B will rehearse separately as an ensemble. The final session will be the students' recital, where they will participate in their assigned group for the final performances to show off their new acquired skills and talent.

Generally, with regard to musical concepts, these include students' mastery of the names and sounds of different percussive instruments, rudimentary understanding of conducting and playing in an ensemble setting, both simple and complex rhythms, focus and control, improvisation, and of course, creativity. Specific musical forms and music-making techniques will be examined, e.g., Samba, chant, Rap and improvisation, etc. Students will also learn about these regions' history and culture, including music's influence on and involvement in religion, ritual, everyday life, and both formal and informal education.

The most important indicators of progress are the student’s ability to perform with confidence and skill both as a soloist and in a group, responding to the conductor with accurate and precise timing, with focus and control, understanding the skill level and technique and method of mastering the instrument.  

Assessment tools uses are:

  • Ability to work and coordinate as a team
  • Ability to work in small groups
  • Attention span
  • Leadership quality
  • Level of creativity
  • Musical knowledge
  • Observation, level of student's involvement and participation
  • Rhythm ability
  • Students evaluation forms
  • Teacher evaluation forms  


Grade Level:

3 – 12

Number of Participants:

Min. 20 / Max. 100


1+ workshops at 2 or 3 hours per workshop over up to 8 weeks


English; juvenile justice, at risk, seniors, shelter based, community-based, school-based, public housing, afterschool, summer.


MU.A.1.1, MU.A.2.1, MU.A.2.2, MU.A.2.3, MU.A.2.4, MU.A.3.2, MU.B.1.1, MU.B.1.2, MU.B.1.3, MU.B.2.1, MU.C.1.3, MU.C.1.4, MU.D.1.3, MU.D.2.2, MU.D.2.3, MU.D.2.4, SS.B.1.1, SS.B.1.4, SS.B.2.1, SS.B.1.2, SS.B.2.2


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Contact: Phone:              954-430-3027; 754-366-5220
Web:                    www.


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