KIDS DRUM / DrumFest! Programs

KIDS DRUM: Programs for children ages 4-7

Scrape, Rattle & Drum!

Students discover the unlimited variety of sounds they can create through hands-on play with percussion instruments from all over the world. This activity includes free and guided drum play. Young learners discover the striking, shaking and scraping interplay of world percussion instruments. For students 3rd grade and up, simple spoken phrases are used to open their minds to the unlimited possibilities that exist when combining diverse instrumentation in creating their own multi-part ensemble pieces.

CORE CURRICULUM: Language Arts & Music

Whack-a-Boom Orchestra

Using Boomwhackers, brightly colored musical tubes that follow the Do-Ra-Mi-Fa-So-La-Te-Do system of music making, participants can experience both ensemble play, as well as becoming their own personal orchestra.


from right to left: Mayor of Baltimore, MD, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Bryn Parchman – Executive Director of Port Discovery; Dana De Carlo and Scott Plank

CORE CURRICULUM: Social Studies & Music

World Rhythm Drum Circus

A mobile, world percussion exploratorium, featuring: percussion instruments made from barrels, bowls, tubes and things from all over the world and several junk yards. The World Rhythm Drum Circus is a veritable percussion playground, where hitting, scraping and shaking is the name of the game.



Here students create found sound drum toys from recyclable items. Activities for learners of all ages.

CORE CURRICULUM: Math, Science & Art

KAMISHIBAI,  Japanese Paper Drama

Join the Kamishibai Man on a storytelling adventure. Children will experience stories set to familiar songs such as “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” and “Puff the Magic Dragon” to original Kamishibai stories created by school children. From ancient Japan comes “Momotaro: Peach Boy” and “Hats for the Jizos”. Kamishibai can now be found around the world.



CORE CURRICULUM: Language Arts & Literature


DrumFest! : Programs for children 7 and up

ENSEMBLE PLAY! – Rhythm Phrases

Simple spoken phrases are used to open their minds to the unlimited possibilities that exist when combining diverse instrumentation with their own multi-part ensemble pieces.

CORE CURRICULUM:  Language Arts & Music

Fibonacci Numbers

Can you imagine doing long division with Roman Numerals? Students discover just how the western world came to use Arabic numerals. This program focuses on developing a rudimentary understanding of the Fibonacci Numbers sequence and how it relates to the world around us through a fusion of math, music and history.

CORE CURRICULUM:  Math & Social Studies

Rhythm Strands

Through a historical and cultural examination of the ancient Inca civilization, students explore the role that symbols, patterns and rhythm played in communicating ideas and information.

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CORE CURRICULUM: Math, Social Studies, Art & Music

Conversations in MATH with a Drummer

  • What did my ticket pay for?

 A ‘cut to the bone’ look at what a concert ticket actually pays for,  and how little actually gets to the musician.

  • “A numeral by any other symbol is still what exactly?”

A conversation about Mayan, Inca, Roman and Arabic…ACTUALLY Indian Numerals, with a dash of Fibonacci, just for fun.

CORE CURRICULUM: Math, Social Studies, Art & Music