Shamou leads workshops for students of all ages.

Getting on the Groove – Understanding Rhythm
This workshop looks at the fundamental rhythmic structure of percussive music.  Through a hands-on exploration of various percussion instruments, body rhythms and vocal sounds students develop their knowledge and rhythmic skills. (Designed for all ages.)

Drums of the World
This presentation introduces various percussion and melodic instruments from around the globe. Included are performances of several short pieces accompanied by geographic and cultural information to help students identify the instruments and their origin on the map of the world.  Students are invited to have a hands-on experience of these instruments.  This program is designed to increase knowledge of world music and provide an overview of the link between different cultures through the global language of music: RHYTHM. (Designed for K-12 students.)  

Body Music
This workshop explores the fundamental rhythmic structure of percussive music using the body as an instrument.  Using clapping, stomping and vocal exercises, experimentation with the sounds of different body parts and melody making with found objects, we create musical scores in the mode of STOMP. This is a fun and engaging approach to building an understanding and appreciation for rhythm and music. (Designed for high school, college and adult students)

Hand Drumming

This workshop is geared to beginning and intermediate hand drummers interested in honing their technique and rhythmic skills. This is a 10-week workshop series that draws on the traditions of West African, Middle Eastern and Caribbean rhythms for Conga and other hand percussion instruments. We learn through playing and sharing the power of the drum together. Students are expected to bring their own drums and percussion instruments. Some instruments are available to rent for use in class.  (This workshop, designed for adult students, is offered on an ongoing basis in Portland, ME)

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