Autism Friendly Drumming Workshop w/ Jim Donovan
October 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, October 15, 2018 Band Together Pittsburgh Presents:
“The Ron Beitle Memorial” Autism Friendly World Drumming Workshop with Jim Donovan M.Ed.
World Rhythms & Songs. Music Creation. Energizing Fun.
Ages 12 and up. Drums Provided.
Beginners Warmly Welcomed.
Advance Reservations Only, Space is limited to 25 people.
$15 (This reduced cost is made possible by funding provided by Band Together Pittsburgh)
This event gets loud sometimes. Please plan accordingly.
What is the World Drumming Workshop?
-an invigorating workshop experience that shows you how to:
(1) play the African djembe drum,
(2) play exciting traditional world rhythms,
(3) use strategies for tapping and expanding your own musical creativity and
(4) lift your mood through social drumming.
Learn and play exciting and beautiful traditional rhythms and songs from all over the world- from places such as Africa and South America. Yes, beginners are warmly welcomed and drums are provided. All that is required is a willingness to try. Learn how to express yourself using your drum through “in-the-moment” original music creation.
Experience creating your own rhythms and finding out how to connect them with others. Even if you consider yourself “unmusical”, group drumming is an accessible entry point into the rewarding world of music creation.
Drumming with others is scientifically proven to improve your mood, relieve stress, increase mental focus and to support social connections. Discover why people from all over the globe have been drumming together for thousands of years.
About the instructor:
Jim Donovan M.Ed., Leader of the band Sun King Warriors, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, is an inspirational performer and educator who believes in the power of music to bring people together. Over the past three decades, Donovan has performed thousands of concerts and learning events across the US and Europe. As a performer, Donovan writes and records with his rootsy groove-rock band Sun King Warriors. As an educator, he brings his motivating brand of open-hearted, big-energy to every event he leads- whether they be a conference keynote, corporate team building, educational training or wellness retreat.
Donovan got his start as a founding member of the 3-time platinum 90’s band Rusted Root, where he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way,” a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in both Matilda and Ice Age. During his touring work with Rusted Root, he shared arena stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin and Sting, among others.
Donovan is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers training to organizations that teach people how to lead group music-making as a way to support wellness and social connection. These events include evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism and with those in who work in recovery.