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Kathy Benischek, staff assistant
Department of Music
(402) 465-2269
kmb [at]
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504

World Music Drumming Workshop

NMEA, in collaboration with Lincoln Public Schools and Nebraska Wesleyan University, presents the 2023 World Music Drumming Workshop, July 17-21 at the Rogers Fine Arts Building on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus


Register at World Music Drumming. Registration closes July 6.

For further questions, contact Dr. Amy Spears, Associate Professor of Music, at Nebraska Wesleyan: aspears [at] nebrwesleyan.edurel="noreferrer"

World Music Drumming - Level 1

Faculty: Sowah Mensah, Michelle Quigg, Will Ulrich

For teachers, counselors, community recreation leaders, church musicians, and players who would like to learn the basics of West African and Caribbean drumming, singing, and moving through the World Music Drumming Curriculum, written by Dr. Will Schmid. Participants will learn how to implement and apply the curriculum within a classroom and/or community setting. The Level 1 class assumes no prior experience with drumming and serves as an excellent introduction for including drumming within a sequentially based set of lessons and units. Level 1 can be repeated.

Workshop Text: World Music Drumming 20th Anniversary Teacher Edition

World Music Drumming - Level 2

Faculty: Sowah Mensah, Michelle Quigg, Will Ulrich

For those who have taken Level 1 and wish to deepen their application of the World Music Drumming Curriculum as well as improve musical skills and teaching effectiveness. Each day, Level 2 participants work with a variety of faculty, including Sowah Mensah -- Ghanaian drumming, singing, movement, Ghanaian flute, adenkum gourds, and gyil (xylophone), and WMD faculty -- guiding participants in enhanced experiences with the curriculum and additional materials from other sources. Many choose to repeat this course.

Level 2 participants will use the 20th Anniversary Edition (2015), World Music Drumming Curriculum.

NEW! Festival Brazil!

Faculty: Fabian Galli, Estevao Marques

“Festas Brasileiras” is a place where Brazilian popular culture meets the world of children through its music: It’s also the title of an exciting new work by Estevao Marques and Fabian Galli. Songs, dances and rhythms played in folk festivals are reinvented and rearranged to be taught in the classroom. The teaching methodology of this workshop includes interactive, creative and fun activities, with body percussion, musical games and alternative instruments that has been highly effective with students 6-14 years old (but is also popular with adults!). Included in Festas Brasileiras are 11 ensembles that combine choir, xylophones, percussion ensembles, and lots of dancing. Festival Brazil will be offered exclusively at the Lincoln workshop.