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Dawn's Early Light

WorldBeat: Cultures Through Rhythm - grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5 * On Campus Program

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During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
On Campus Program
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted


How are rhythms different or similar? How does rhythm affect mood? How is mood expressed in various art forms, such as song, story and dance? Children have always been fascinated by the sound of drums, bells, shakers and other percussion instruments. They enjoy comparing patterns of movement such as sliding, rolling, spinning and thumping as they work with various instruments. In WorldBeat students explore the science and art of sound. They experience rhythm variations, listen to, identify, respond to and distinguish rhythms from around the world. And, they explore how various cultures use the language of music to communicate their messages. Participants work with authentic African and Afro-Caribbean instruments as they: 1) demonstrate musical sound – tempo, pitch, volume 2) create personal expression – through improvisation/movement/song and 3) explore multicultural connections – from Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

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: $275.00
Minimum Attendance: 10
Maximum Attendance: 150
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: microphone * a dedicated space with room for broad physical movement (gym or all purpose space)
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Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: For Scheduling call: Esther Malone 214-704-6782 [email protected]
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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