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The Drum Workshop, Inc

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“What an amazingly spectacular and utterly fun filled event!  Rick Bausman performed a bit of magic today here at Moultrie Middle School.  Before now I had never witnessed a peer group activity in which every one of my students participated every minute and with so little ‘outside encouragement’.  ...one of those rare opportunities in life that wakes you up, sets you aglow, sweeps you onto the floor and suspends you - long term - in the sweet feeling of friendship, hard at play.”
-Sally Carrier
Moultrie Middle School, Charleston, SC

“Many times I’ve had the pleasure of standing on stage with a group of students other kids had either been afraid of or considered ‘losers’, watching the entire school population dance like crazy while we played.  I’ve experienced the moment when these kids went from being merely tolerated, to being fully accepted by their peers.  I’ve watched them grow into an understanding of what it means to participate.  I’ve seen them learn to offer support to each other and I’ve marvelled at the change which occurs in a person when they feel supported themselves.  I’ve seen kids learn to like themselves and to be more accepting of others.  Teachers and administrators confirm my observations that the concepts of unity, participation, and respect experienced by the kids during Drum Workshop programs tend to generalize, and begin to manifest themselves in their every day lives.”
-Rick Bausman
Founder and Director



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Our Approach  

Our Approach

Rhythm of Life, Inc. provides ensemble drumming experiences and interactive performances to groups of people of all ages and levels of ability, from pre-school through elderly care, for people with and without disabilities, beginners and experienced players. We provide a broad spectrum of organizations with everything they need to establish and maintain successful programs: training workshops for teachers, therapists and group leaders; curriculum materials; and instrument packages.
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Interactive Performances  

Interactive Performances

Rhythm of Life offers interactive performances under the banners of “Congacycle, Live!” and “Immersion Ensemble”. In performance we use a variety of traditional instruments and musical styles, mostly rooted in West African and Caribbean culture.
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Dealership Status  

Dealership Status

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Curriculum Compatibility  

Curriculum Compatibility

This information might be helpful in identifying the various curriculum frameworks and learning strands which will be addressed by Drum Workshop programs. This is not intended to be a complete representation of Drum Workshop programs or capabilities. Drum Workshop programs reflect the guiding principles found not only in the Curriculum Frameworks, but in the tenets of Howard Gardner’s “Multiple Intelligences” model of learning and understanding.
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Fundraising  

Fundraising

Since 1987 Rick Bausman, founder and director of Rhythm of Life, has been using the power of ensemble drumming to help communities across the United States serve people in need. Drum Workshop programs are broad, and serve a diverse group of people at every level of ability with a wide variety of styles, techniques, methods, instruments, curriculum, and equipment.
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Board Members

A list of our Board Members
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