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Dawn's Early Light

WorldBeat: Cultures Through Rhythm - On Campus Program

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During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
On Campus Program
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted


Students take pride in being able to listen to other rhythms from around the world and discuss how the rhythms are different or similar. They work with authentic African and Afro-Caribbean instruments as they explore musical sound, personal expression and multicultural connections. How are rhythms different or similar? How does rhythm create different moods? We integrate drumming with various instruments to create other art forms such as song, story and dance.

Students Will

  • Learn basic music theory and vocabulary in order to talk about rhythm, such as how rhythm can create a mood or environment
  • Book: Slap Happy: How to Play World-Beat Rhythms with Just Your Body and a Buddy by Alan Dworsky, Betsy Sansby ISBN 978-0-9638-80178
  • Book: Beyond the Drum circle by Maria Martinez and Ed Roscetti ISBN-10: 0634048376
  • Explore how various cultures use the language of music to communicate their message
  • Learn to play the same rhythm in the same timing with a group
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment and community when their goal of rhythmic cooperation is achieved
  • Practice using music to support other art forms, including: dance, storytelling, theatre and poetry


Dates: Monday - Saturday
Times: 8:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
School Fee: Price Per Additional Hour: $200.00
Price Per Hour: $250.00
Minimum Attendance: 10
Maximum Attendance: 150
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: a dedicated space with room for physical movement
Other Information: Minimum of two back to back classes per day * does not apply to afterschool bookings * for larger groups book under 'Musical Performance' * please read cancellation policy

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: For Scheduling call: Esther Malone 214-704-6782
Deadline: Available
Cancellation Policy: A program is confirmed when you receive your contract by mail, fax or email. Should illness, inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances prevent the program from taking place as scheduled, Dawn’s Early Light (DEL) will offer the option of rescheduling or using a substitute artist. All cancellations are subject to full payment. With the exception of unforeseen circumstances, changing the date of a specific session can be made with one week notice and is subject to the availability of the artist. Changing the start date of a program can be made with a two week notice without penalty.
After School Policy: A teacher or afterschool employee must be with the students at all times to assist with classroom management. They are also responsible for supervising the students before and after class, walking students to the bus or releasing students to their parents.

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