Melissa Blum has over 20 years experience teaching music at the pre-K, elementary, middle school, and adult levels. She is a Vice President at West Music, where she is Director of Customer Service and an Educational Consultant for early childhood products and World Music Drumming. She has participated in the World Music Drumming summer workshops since 2004, completing Levels 1, 2, and 3 multiple times, and has completed Remo HealthRHYTHMS facilitator training. She has facilitated World Music Drumming ensembles as a team-building exercise at a variety of corporate and community events for children and adults, and is a clinician for daycare/preschool providers and ECMM educators on the topic of incorporating developmentally appropriate music activities in the pre-k classroom setting. She was the Director of Kindermusik of Iowa City at West Music from 1999-2008, and has been named a Kindermusik Maestro for eight years. She continues to teach early childhood music and movement classes and adult group drumming classes at West Music. Melissa has a Bachelor of Music degree and K-12 Music Education Certification from The University of Iowa, and has completed graduate coursework in Music Education and General Education.
Patricia (Patty) Bourne teaches K-6 general music, 5th/6th grade chorus, and a 6th grade marimba ensemble at Canyon Creek Elementary in Bothell, Washington. Prior to this, she was Coordinator of Music Education at Central Washington University, in Ellensburg, WA. Bourne is active as a workshop clinician, presenting throughout the country on topics such as children’s choral and classroom singing, curriculum development, classroom management systems, working with diverse/challenging learners, African drumming, and marimbas in elementary general music. She has guest conducted regional and all-state choruses in multiple states as well as adjudicated secondary vocal solo and ensembles throughout the Northwest region. A native of Kentucky, Bourne received the Bachelor of Music Education from Murray State University (Murray, KY), the Master of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK), and completed the Doctorate of Education from Arizona State University in 1990. Patty is a featured clinician with the JW Pepper Corporation and is the author of two texts (Heritage Music Press, Publisher): “Inside the Music Classroom: Teaching the Art with Heart” (2007), and “Inside the Elementary Chorus: Instructional Techniques for the Non-Select Children’s Chorus” (2009). In 2010, Patty was named WMEA Washington State Elementary Music Educator of the Year.
Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. She recently concluded her term as President for MENC: The National Association for Music Education, and will serve on the National Executive Board as Immediate Past President through June, 2009. Past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. She also served as a Music Expert on the Disney, “Let’s Play Music” Site. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, she received both the PTI Excellence in Teaching Award and the CenturyTel Award for outstanding faculty. Other awards include the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the MENC Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award and Eastern New Mexico University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
Dr. Brinckmeyer is a contributing author in The Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program and The Choral Director’s Cookbook: Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts. She founded the Eastern Washington University Girls’ Chorus while teaching at EWU. She also served as Artistic Director for the Idaho State Children’s Chorus in Pocatello, Idaho and the South Hill Children’s Chorus in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Brinckmeyer is a co-founder of the Hill Country Youth Chorus in San Marcos, Texas and serves as the Artistic Director. The Hill Country Youth Chorus presented a joint concert with the Austin Children’s Chorus and the Grammy Award winning duo Tingstad & Rumbel.
Dr. Brinckmeyer’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Kansas. In New Mexico she taught elementary music and middle school choir, then moved to higher education in the Pacific Northwest. At Texas State University Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education and directs the Texas State Women’s Choir. Dr. Brinckmeyer has conducted all state choirs, honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-seven states in the US, China, Korea, Taiwan, Amsterdam, Italy and the British Isles.
lives in Coralville, Iowa,
and teaches at Roundy Elementary
in Columbus Junction where
he is the K-6 General Music
Teacher. Prior to continuing
his career in Iowa, Paul taught
in Palm Beach County, Florida
for fourteen years. He is the
cofounder of the Beat For Peace
program combining World Music
Drumming and Resiliency Research.
Paul received his Masters of
Music in Percussion Performance
from the Ohio State University
in 1992 and his Bachelors of
Fine Arts degree in Music Education
in 1989. Paul has been a featured
clinician at the Florida, Oklahoma,
Virginia, and Texas, Iowa and
Illinois Music Educators Association
Conferences. In October, 2005,
he was composer and co-facilitator
of the Iowa Groove, a 1300
person drum ensemble. Paul
is a consultant for the Just
Play It! Classroom Harmonica
Method, a classroom Blues Harmonica
curriculum. Paul has published
a new book of drum and xylophone
ensembles: Skins, Sticks, and
Check out the Beat For
Peace Iowa link: http://beatforpeaceiowa.iowapages.org
Chad Craig is an elementary music teacher/percussionist and has been performing and teaching in SW Florida for the last 14 years. He has music education degrees from Indiana University and State University of NY at Fredonia. Chad studied drumset with Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp) and Timpani with Gerald Carlyss (Philadelphia Orchestra). While attending SUNY Fredonia, he studied African drumming with Francis Kofi and Ghanaian xylophone with Bernard Woma and Dr. Kay Stonefelt. He has also attended Magbana Drum and Dance retreat lead by Michael Markus and M'Bemba Bangoura of Guinea. His drumset chops stay active in his rock band "The Hype" who play in the Naples area. For the past several years, he has used World Music Drumming at his schools and has conducted clinics in Collier County Public Schools. He enjoys seeing his students become, not just good drummers, but good musicians.
Dubé teaches K-8 music in inner
city Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He
has studied the Orff approach
at the University of Saskatchewan
and subsequently received his
Masters Certification in Orff
Shulwerk from the University
of Alberta. Richard has completed
his Level III in World Music
Drumming with Dr. Will Schmid,
his Level I in Drum Circle Facilitation
with Arthur Hull, and HealthRhythms
training with Dr. Barry Bittman
and Music Therapist, Christine
Stevens. Richard received his
Masters in Curriculum Studies
having researched the emotional
and spiritual impact learning
how to make and play a plastic
version of the Native American
Flute had on students at an urban
Aboriginal high school. In 1995,
Richard founded the volunteer
based Heart of the City Piano
Program that continues to provide
piano lessons for over 400 at-risk
children in cities across Canada.
Richard founded the Circle of
Peace in 2000 providing World
Music Drumming for at-risk youth.
Richard performs with the African
drum ensemble Enije led by Ghanian
Master Drummer Joseph Ashong.
He also leads drum circles and
team building sessions through
World Music Drumming. In 2006,
Richard was awarded the Saskatchewan
Volunteer Medal recognizing individuals
who have made a significant volunteer
contribution to their province
and is a symbol of the pride
and vision of Saskatchewan and
its people. Most recently, Richard
received the University of Saskatchewan
Alumni Association’s Excellence
in Aboriginal Initiatives Award
for 2007 for his work benefiting
First Nations people.
Website: www.northernspiritflutes.net or
Email: email@example.com Website:http://www.heartofthecity.ca/circleofpeace.html.
Dr. J. S. Kofi Gbolonyo, a Ghanaian musician and educator, grew up in some of the remote villages along the Ghana-Togo border in West Africa where he learned the traditional songs and dances of the Ewe and Fon people. He is now a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) and the Director of UBC African Ensemble at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. (2009) and an MA (2005) in Ethnomusicology and a Graduate Certificate in African Studies (2009) at the doctoral level from the University of Pittsburgh, an Orff-Schulwerk Certificate Level III (2008) from San Francisco Orff Course, a BA (Hons. 2002) in Linguistics and Music from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Professional Dip.Ed (1997) in Ewe Language and Music Education from the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. His primary research and educational interests are in West African music, dance, culture, and Orff-Afrique Pedagogy. His scholarly research focuses on indigenous knowledge and cultural values in the musical practices of the Ewe and Fon of West Africa. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ethnomusicology and African music.
Prior to his appointment at the University of British Columbia, Gbolonyo was the director of the University of Pittsburgh African Music and Dance Ensemble (2005-2009), taught as a part-time instructor (2008-2009), and as a teaching fellow (2005-2008) at the Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh. He served as a production assistant at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, worked with Abibigromma, the resident theater company of the university (2002-2003), and was the director of the University of Ghana’s African Brass Ensemble (1999-2001). He was also the site coordinator of the Annual International Summer Course in African Music and Dance organized by the World Music Center, West Virginia University in Ghana (1995-2003).
Dr. Gbolonyo is a music scholar, performer, and clinician in African music and dance, Orff-Schulwerk, and Multicultural Music Education. He has taught at different levels of education in Ghana, Togo, Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, and in many States in the United State of America. He has presented numerous workshops and scholarly papers at annual meetings of many professional associations including the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), European Council of International Schools (ECIS), Associacion Orff Espana, MENC: National Music Educators Association, International Society for Music Education (ISME), International Orff-Schulwerk Associations, and at many other international arenas in West Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia. His research and educational publications appeared in The Orff Echo and a chapter contribution in Kaleidoscope of Cultures: A Celebration of Multicultural Research and Practice, edited by Marvelene Moore and Philip Ewell. Lanham, MD: R&L Education/MENC, 2010.
Walt Hampton received his teaching certificate as well as Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance from Central Washington University. He has served as Principal Percussionist or Timpanist with numerous symphony orchestras, and he frequently performs on drum set, providing backup for several notable jazz artists who tour the Northwest.
Walt has presented clinics and workshops on three continents, as well as national, regional, and state conventions for AOSA and MENC. He frequently tours and performs with his student group, the Rugare Marimba Ensemble, performing Zimbabwean-style marimba music from his two books, Hot Marimba! and Marimba Mojo! (World Music Press).
Mr. Hampton now teaches K-5 General music at Sunset View Elementary School in Kennewick, Washington, and is in his 18th year as a public school music teacher. Walt has received several awards for his teaching, including the Washington State Excellence in Education Award.
Jerz has taught elementary music in Florida,
New Hampshire and, since 1990, in the D. C.
Everest school district in Schofield, WI. In
addition to her kindergarten through fifth grade
classes, she directs several DRRUM (Discipline,
Respect, Responsibility and Unity through Music)
clubs, an outgrowth of the students' desire
for more time to improve their music performance
skills through percussion
activities. Membership is open to all fifth
grade students with the understanding that their
homework must be done carefully and handed in
on time or they cannot attend DRRUM club that
week. Ms. Jerz holds a B. A. from the U of Northern
Iowa and a Masters of Music Education from the
U of WI - Stevens Point. She earned her Certification
in Orff-Schulwerk at the U of Lowell, Lowell,
MA. She has been involved in the World Music
Drumming program since its beginnings at Conference
Point in Lake Geneva, WI She has twice received
district's Excellence in Education award.
Margaret is the co-creator of several sets of
posters including the WordPower posters that
feature the key words from the World Music Drumming
curriculum. For more information, visit www.WrdPower.com.
Hong Le is a National Board Certified elementary music specialist. She graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Music in music education and Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance degrees from the University of Arkansas. She also received the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois and the Master of Educational Administration degree from the University of North Texas. Having previously taught in Frisco, Texas, Hong currently serves as general music specialist in the Hudson City Schools in Hudson, Ohio, teaching with a combination of Orff, Kodaly, and World Music Drumming techniques. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Hong has conducted elementary choirs and World Music Drumming ensembles. Both ensembles have performed regularly at school, district, and community events.
Hong has also used the World Music Drumming curriculum as a means of leading school faculty team-building sessions, as well as working with at-risk students at the district Student Opportunity Center. In addition to working with students, Hong has a passion for contributing as a professional colleague, having served as team leader for her campus, as a mentor to new teachers, on a number of campus and district committees, and as a member of school PTA Boards. She currently serves as the Elementary Unified Arts Facilitator for the Hudson City Schools and has presented at music, bilingual education, and beginning teacher workshops and conferences. Hong was awarded the Texas PTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for outstanding service to youth, named the 2008 Teacher of the Year in Hudson, and received the Hudson PTA Child Advocate for the Arts Award in 2009.
Mader received his Bachelor’s of Fine
Arts Degree in music education from Florida
Atlantic University in 1989. He also holds a
Certificate in Percussion Performance from the
Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. James
is also listed among the “Influential
and Highly Effective” teachers by the
National Honors Society. James began his music
education career in 1990 at Conniston Middle
School in Palm Beach County, where he was band
director and general music teacher. Mr. Mader
transferred to the Broward County School system
in 1991. He taught chorus at Stanahan High School
in 1991-92 and band at Lauderdale Lakes Middle
School in 1992-1998. While at Lauderdale Lakes
Middle School, James was selected as one of
twenty music teachers from the United States
and Canada to pilot Will Schmid’s WORLD
MUSIC DRUMMING CURRICULUM. This innovative cross-cultural
curriculum is aimed at raising student’s
life skills (listening, respect, cooperation,
teamwork, and communication) through African,
Caribbean, and Latin drumming, movement, and
song. He studied with Sowah Mensah, musician,
composer, and Ghanaian Master Drummer. James
was recruited to Parkway Middle School of the
Arts, where he presently resides as music educator/director
of the Percussive Techniques and Exploration
classes. These classes are designed to develop
students’ math, reading, science, language
arts, and social studies skills through the
academic study of music through the performance
of keyboard with drumming. The classes are in
2-hour blocks, five days a week. The 100+ “at
risk” students are committed to a 3-year
performing arts study curriculum. The emphasis
of performing arts curriculum is the World Music
Drumming Curriculum. James Mader frequently
serves as clinician in the implementation of
the World Music Drumming Curriculum and is in
part responsible for the success in schools
throughout the United States and Canada. He
has conducted or assisted in clinics in Florida,
Wisconsin, South Carolina, Nevada, New York,
Virginia, California, Washington State, Connecticut,
Delaware, Tennessee, and Maryland. James conducts
workshops in cooperative teamwork and multiculturalism
through music and drumming throughout South
Florida. James has authored several pieces of
elementary, middle, and high school level music
that music teachers have found to be useful
tools as part of their music curriculum. E-mail
Cynthia Mayo recently retired after completing 33 years of teaching at the Orchard Park Middle School. During that time, she taught Chorus and General Music, Select Choir, Drum Ensemble, directed the school musical, and was the Instructional Leader for the Music Department. Cindy received degrees in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and Ithaca College. In addition to the World Music Drumming curriculum, Cindy has studied with Kay Stonefeldt, Francis Kofi and Bernard Woma at SUNY Fredonia and at the Dagara Music Center, Ghana. Cindy has given workshops and clinics in drumming at local and state conferences and teaches classroom drumming at SUNY Fredonia. Currently, she is working with Druminar, presenting team-building and leadership workshops with members and staff of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Druminar is also presenting drumming workshops in collaboration with the BPO Education Concerts. Cindy works with several Western New York childrens’ choirs on multicultural music and drumming. She is a member of the World Music Drumming national teaching staff, and does frequent residencies and teacher inservice clinics. She is also an active singer and choral conductor, conducting numerous honor choirs and festivals around New York State. Cindy is a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir, the Aurora Players, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Erie County Music Educators Association. In 2003 Cindy was awarded the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Excellence in Music Education Award for Classroom Music. She is a contributing author for the NYS Education Dept. publication “Music - A Resource Guide for Standards-Based Instruction”, and appears with her students in a drumming lesson on the NYS School Music Association DVD “Music Views: Standards-Based Teaching and Learning Across the State”.
Mensah is an ethnomusicologist, composer, and
Master Drummer from Ghana, West Africa. He is
a music professor and director of the African
Music Ensembles at Macalester College and the
University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. A
native of Ghana, Sowah has taught music in both
Ghana and Nigeria and played with the Ghana
National Symphony Orchestra. He is also the
director of Sankofa, a Ghanaian Folklore
and Dance Ensemble in the Twin Cities.
Sowah enjoys an active performance career. In
August 2003, he toured Beijing, China with the
Kenmore Wind Ensemble, conducted by
Debbie Montague, from Kenmore, WA, performing
at the prestigious Tshinghua University. The
tour featured Sowah’s composition “Nyamo”
for Band and African Ensemble. In May 2000 he
made his Carnegie Hall, New York debut as a
soloist in David Fanshaw’s “African
Sanctus.” He has performed extensively
in the United States, Africa, and Latin America.
In the United States, he has performed with
notables such as Max Roach, Don Chery, Roscoe
Mitchel, and Julius Hemphil. He has also performed
with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Chanticleer,
Minnesota Center Chorale, St. Paul Civic Symphony,
Minnesota Sinfonia, Duluth Superior Symphony,
Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Abendmusik: the
Lincoln Chorus of Nebraska, and the Master Chorale
of Tampa Bay, Florida. In addition, Sowah presents
clinics, lectures, master class workshops, and
residencies at many colleges, elementary and
secondary schools, churches, and music organizations
all over the United States.
Sowah is also an accomplished composer. For
more information on his compositions and recordings,
visit his website at www.sowahmensah.com.
Debbie Montague, a music educator for over thirty-one years, has taught elementary and junior high band, choir, guitar, drama and general music. She currently teaches at Kenmore Junior High School in the Northshore District near Seattle, WA. Debbie holds a B.A. from Central Washington University and a M.A. from the University of Washington. Currently, Debbie is a doctoral candidate, in music education, through the distance-learning program at Boston University. Debbie was one of the twenty music educators selected to be a pilot teacher for the World Music Drumming Curriculum. Her African Music Ensemble, Beat of the Heart, has performed at elementary, junior high and high school assemblies and concerts as well as for community gatherings and celebrations. In March 2008 Debbie, and her ensemble, presented a clinic at the International Cultural Diversity in Music Education (CDIME) Conference. In January 2010 she presented a 90-minute workshop on Ghanaian music at the CDIME conference in Sydney, Australia. Debbie was awarded the P.T.S.A., 1991-92, teacher of the year award at Kenmore Junior High and is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and “Who’s Who Among American Women.” Her Symphonic Bands have performed at the 1993, 2001, & 2003 Northwest MENC Conferences, the 2002 Washington State Music Educator’s Conference and the 2002 National Music Educator’s Conference. In 2003 her Wind Ensemble, a combination of junior high and high school students, performed in Beijing, China with a culminating concert at the prestigious Tsinghua University. Included in the concert program was a presentation of Sowah Mensah’s composition, Nyamo, a commissioned work incorporating the African Music ensemble in the traditional concert band. Debbie has presented numerous clinics and sessions at seminars, workshops and conferences at the state, regional and national level. Many of her presentations have focused on the World Music Drumming Curriculum and its benefits for the middle school student, with special emphasis on the at-risk and handicapped student. Debbie’s article “The Importance of Music Education in the Middle School Curriculum,” emphasizing the importance of hands-on activity based curricula, such as the World Music Drumming Curriculum, was published in the November 2007 issue of Middle Matters; a journal dedicated to elementary principals serving sixth through eighth grade students. Believing in the education of the whole child, Debbie has continuously served on district and school committees focusing on the improvement and development of the public school environment and music education. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quigg has been a music educator on the east end
of Long Island, NY since 1992. Her degrees include
a Bachelor of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia,
and a Masters of Arts in Education at SUNY Stony
Brook, with continued studies in West African
drumming and dance. Currently, Michelle is the
director of music at Remsenburg- Speonk Elementary
School, where she conducts the Drumming and Marimba
Ensemble, Beginning Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble,
and Chorus. She is active in her county music
organizations, HMEA and SCMEA. Most recently,
she initiated a proposal to include drumming in
festivals and serves as chairperson and conductor
of a festival drum ensemble with middle school
students from 20 districts. Michelle implemented
the World Music Drumming Curriculum into her general
music classes after attending the 1999 –
2005 World Music Drumming conferences in Wisconsin
and has since returned as part of the teaching
staff, specializing in the integration of movement,
dance and drumming. E-mail QuiggMi@aol.com.
Josh Ryan is an Associate Professor of Percussion at Baldwin-Wallace College and a freelance musician in the classical, jazz, and world percussion genres. He is also co-founder of the Africa West Trio (www.africawesttrio.com).
A versatile performer and clinician,
Josh is an active musician in
many genres. He has been the
principal timpanist of the Madison
Symphony Orchestra and has also
performed with the Maryland Symphony,
Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Peabody
Symphony Orchestra, and the Wisconsin
Chamber Orchestra. In addition
to his work in classical percussion,
marimba, and contemporary music
Josh has studied African music
in Ghana, West Africa with the
Agbeli family and is also a student
of Valerie Naranjo. He has traveled
to Cuba to study with Regino
Jimenez and Daniel Alfonso. He
is a long-time student of Afro-Cuban
percussionist Michael Spiro and
has recently co-authored a book
with him. .
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