Workshops & Classes
Below is a list of Master Class topics and Programs. In many cases, Kalani is able to work with more than one department within your institution, such as percussion (performance majors), music therapy and music education. This approach is cost-effective and maximizes benefits.
Rates* for Fall/Winter 2012. Half-day (up to 3 hours): $550. Full day (up to 6 hours) $850.
The Drum Course – Essential Skills
Students learn about drums and hand percussion instruments from ‘world drumming’ cultures. Topics include instrument names, origins, traditional techniques, adaptive techniques (for various populations), rhythm patterns, ensemble play and traditional songs. The Drum Course helps students and working professionals increase their effectiveness by providing quality instruction on the most popular and commonly used percussion instruments. Additional topics include; How to teach and learn rhythm patterns, universal techniques for all drumming and hand percussion, principles of drumming ensembles, facilitating group drumming experiences and more. The Drum Course may be presented as an integrated whole as well as in units, each with a specific focus.
Group Drumming – Structures & Strategies
Students and teachers learn about several types of group drumming including; drum circles, interactive drumming, drumming games, drum play, drum accompaniment and more. Applications include music education, music therapy, recreational music making and training (team building & soft skills development). Group drumming is a popular and useful activity that can take many forms and produce many different outcomes. Knowing how to structure, guide and modify each format is crucial to continued success. Students receive clear and concise information that is aligned with professional values and practices.
A World of Rhythm – Music and Dance From Diverse Cultures
Students learn common rhythms, songs and dance steps from the most popular genres of “world music.” subject matter is derived from music of the African diaspora as well as Arab nations. This program may be conducted with or without drums and traditional instruments. Students my incorporate any instrumentation as the focus is on musical content and not instrumental techniques. This is a perfect follow up or parter program to The Drum Course and may also be experienced as a stand-alone program. Live experiences are supported with downloadable audio and text. This program is suited for teachers and students of percussion, general music, music education and music therapy.
The Way of Music – Creating Sound Connections
Based on the book and audio, The Way of Music, sessions are designed to increase the student’s capacity for musical and clinical improvisation. This is accomplished through engaging students in a series of progressive ‘experientials’ that are designed to build specific skills. Both musical and clinical improvisation skills are developed within individual, partner and group experiences. In addition, topics such as Flow State and the Improvisation Assessment Profiles are addressed and discussed. The Way of Music sessions are ideal for music therapists at all points in their career, from university practicum to clinical practice and education.
Note: The Way of Music content is also applicable to music education and recreational music making. Ask Kalani how to tailor these sessions to address the needs of teachers and facilitators.
Move and Be Moved
Students learn about accessible and varied ways to engage a group in movement experiences, without the need for formal dance or movement training. Movement activities are discussed and demonstrated from the ground up and include individual, partner, small- and whole-group experiences. This Masterclass is designed to guide and familiarize those who do not traditionally (or confidently) engage groups in movement experiences and show them some of the many options that are available. No prior movement experience is required and all movement experience may be modified to meet the need of various populations and participants. Movement experiences can play a central role in educational, recreational and therapeutic programs. Musicians can benefit personality from increasing their movement capabilities and gaining confidence in this area of practice.
Music Therapy Drumming – Level I Primer
Students, clinicians and teachers learn how to play and use a variety of common ‘world drumming’ instruments, including those that are popular within the field of music therapy. Recent studies indicate a need for drumming education within the field of music therapy. The MTD Primer helps MTs raise their level of drumming skill to a level on par with other required instruments (guitar, piano, voice, etc.). Students learn about instruments, techniques, rhythms and music within the context of clinical music therapy. Clinical Improvisation techniques provide a platform for understanding the function of drums and percussion instruments, for both musical and therapeutic outcomes. For more about full MTD Levels courses, visit the Music Therapy Drumming website.
Orff-Schulwerk – The Magical Approach
Students learn about the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music and movement through direct participation in Orff-based experiences. Orff-Schulwerk is a holistic and client-centered approach to facilitating improvisational experiences for clients of all kinds. For more than 50 years, teachers and students have been experience the ‘Magic’ that seems to be inherent in this approach, but what makes the ‘magic’ happen? This session explores just that. The Orff approach works well for all ages and most populations. Salient features are discussed following ‘experientials.’ Orff-Schulwerk introduction is geared towards music education majors as well as music therapists. The Orff approach is used throughout the world in both settings. Orff instruments are not a prerequisite for this class.
Having A Voice – Toning, Chanting and Singing
Students are guided through vocal experiences, beginning with basic toning, progressing through chanting and arriving at improvised singing. This Masterclass demonstrates a wide spectrum of musical options when it comes to using the voice and an expressive instrument. Techniques and strategies are examined through both a ‘performance’ and ‘wellness’ lens, taking note of those areas where musical expressing informs and connects to physical and emotional states. This class is suited for music education and music therapy students and teachers. It partners well with The Way of Music masterclass.
The Working Musician – A Career in Music
Based on over 30 years of profession experience as a performing, recording and touring musician, this masterclass helps answer questions about how to prepare for a career in the music industry as an artist. Topics include working as a freelance musician in common settings such as bands and sessions; how to build business relationships in the music industry; how to prepare for financial security; and how to build your personal brand. This masterclass may also be tailored towards music the education and music therapy professions.
The Rhythm Spirit Concert Experience
Kalani works with your percussion and performance majors to create an exciting concert featuring music from his latest CD, Rhythm Spirit. Concerts are a great way to round out a clinic or masterclass visit and provide stakeholders and the general public with a way to interact with and support the music department. Full arrangement scores are available, featuring drums, bass, keyboard, guitar, percussion and voices in SATB. Fundraising opportunities include CD and T-shirt sales. (Below: Kalani plays with the Olympia Choral Society)
Drum Scouts : Anti-Bullying Program
Students learn about the principles of honor, integrity, safety and responsibility. Studies show that community music making has the potential to create interpersonal bonds, create opportunities for sharing, develop communication skills and motivate students to participate in developmental experiences. Drum Scouts helps students identify and reduce specific behaviors that are often associated with bullying–in ways that are fun and engaging. Students also learn about techniques and strategies to help cope with and recover from bullying. This program may also be delivered as a STAFF TRAINING for teachers and other school staff. How would you like to integrate the Drum Scouts program at your school?
“Your Title Here”
Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? Discuss your needs with Kalani to create a unique program that meets your needs.
Note that some of these masterclasses may be delivered through SKYPE. Ask Kalani about SKYPE sessions as primary, preparatory or followup classes.
UPCOMING in 2012
Kalani will be touring the Midwest from October 1 to the 21st. Save on travel expenses by scheduling a Masterclass during that time.
* Travel and lodging costs may also apply.