West Music's Melissa Blum and The University of Iowa (UI) teamed up this summer to bring the World Music Drumming Workshop to the University of Iowa campus. Over 60 educators from Iowa and other areas participated in workshops focusing on learning how to lead world drumming ensembles in their own music classrooms. In the video below you will see music educators smiling, singing and laughing as they collaborate and learn how to play a wide variety of percussion instruments. UI associate professor of music education, Mary Cohen shared, “This training provided music teachers with ways to engage their learners in active music-making with meaningful and valuable objectives that relate both to music making and living as cooperative citizens."
"World Music Drumming workshops have taken place over the past 19 years. I’ve had the honor of been a part of them for 12 years as a West Music Educational Consultant, and the past seven years as a member of the World Music Drumming Faculty, creating and teaching the Drumming Up the Fun! class. In all of this time we’ve never had an Iowa training. To have this opportunity it our own backyard--at my alma mater--and to see the incredible enthusiasm of the participants was truly inspiring!"
-Melissa Blum, World Music Drumming Faculty Member and Vice President/Director of National Sales and Service at West Music
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