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Drum for Change with Greg Whitt

About the Artist

Greg Whitt believes life is richer when we communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with one another and with the world around us. Because he believes this, he facilitates programs to help people live, work, and play well together. Greg has been an arts educator since 2002. He is a two-time recipient of Regional Artist Project Grants for folkloric study in Cuba (2011) and Belize (2014). Greg holds a graduate certificate in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He is president of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild.

NOTE: Drum for Change is not a performance ensemble

The artist brings real instruments for every student. Class sizes are limited to 25 students so that EVERYONE has the opportunity to drum TOGETHER. Students learn the history, construction, and traditional uses of the djembe drum from West Africa and a broader component that highlights values important to indigenous cultures. Each song that we learn has a specific underlying moral, ethic, or principle like gratitude,unity, positivity, ritual, service to others, respect, balance, celebration, and connection to nature that serve as positive examples for healthy, happy lifestyles for modern society. 

In the above format, a particular grade level would attend drum classes each day as their special. Six 50-minute sessions/day Mon-Thu (allow for lunch). Fri AM review followed by school-wide performance (two 30-minute programs). Add-on sessions for special-needs, after-school programs, or faculty/staff stress busters available.

Grade Levels3-5
Maximums25 Students, 50 minutes, 6/day
Special Populations

Programs are inclusive or sessions can be tailored to meet special needs groups

Technical Requirements
  • Portable PA system (can provide if the school doesn't have one)
  • Allow 60-minute load-in and 30-minute pack out
  • Assistance loading is appreciated
  • Arrange access and parking at the door closest to the space
  • Room temperature bottled water requested

Large open room or shaded outdoor space (weather permitting). Gyms are preferred. Instruments remain on-site during the week (need to be secured).

Total Fee5 day residency - $2,500
School Portion5 day residency - $834

NOTE: Drum for Change is not a performance ensemble

Drum for Change with Greg Whitt brings real instruments for every student. Class sizes are limited to 25 students so that EVERYONE has the opporutunity to drum TOGETHER. The village metaphor fosters cooperation, collaboration, and communication. In a 50-minute session students recieve a cultural immersion through games, rhythms and songs using the djembe drum from West Africa. This program freatures a character-building component that highlights values important to indigenous cultures. Each song has a specific underlying moral, ethic, or principle like gratitude, unity, positivity, ritual, service to others, respect, balance, celebration, and connection to nature. These serve as positive examples for healthy, happy lifestyles for modern society. Add-on sessions for faculty/staff stress busters available.

Grade LevelsK-5
Maximums25 Students , 50 minutes, 6/day
Special Populations

Programs are inclusive or sessions can be tailored to meet special needs groups

Technical Requirements
  • Portable PA system (can provide if the school doesn't have one)
  • Allow 60-minute load-in and 30-minute pack out
  • Assistance loading is appreciated
  • Arrange access and parking at the door closest to the space
  • Room temperature bottled water requested

Large open room or shaded outdoor space (weather permitting). Gyms are preferred. Instruments remain on-site during the week (need to be secured).

Total Fee1 workshop - $276 (multiple workshops must be scheduled) / Full week of workshops - $2,750
School Portion1 workshop - $138 (multiple workshops must be scheduled) / Full week of workshops- $1,375

References

  • Alice Spickard, A+ Schools Coordinator, North Carolina Arts Council, 919-807-6521, alice.spickard@ncdcr.gov
  • Helen Meyer, Programming Coordinator, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, 919-839-1498 ext. 210, hmeyer@unitedarts.org

Website

www.drumforchange.com