Rhythm is our birthright. From the ultimate, reeling grandeur of the universe to the vibration of the
deep interior of our atoms, we are bathed in rhythm. Rhythm beats in our blood, to the tempo of our heart; rhythm flows in our chest, to the undulation of our lungs; rhythm is reflected in the great gender cycles of the hormones; and rhythm courses through our lives, from the cycle of birth to death to… Rhythm occupies our daily existence, dictated by clock and calendar, mile,
and moment. And rhythm is integral to our language, our music, and our dance.
How may we honor this birthright, this essential character of life and being?
in the Seattle area are bringing their instruments and expertise to the
classroom to play rhythms with students. Please see the Seattle World
Percussion Society's web page
www.swps.org for information on our vibrant percussion and dance
community, representing many world cultures and music, and including
world-renowned performers and teachers. You will find yours truly with hair
and skirts a'flyin in some of the pictures from past World Rhythm Festivals!
This community has become my family.
I have additional routes to rhythm
though, by bringing the sciences of astronomy and geology to the classroom,
with the emphasis on the great rhythms of life and universe. The following
link is a suggested set of Curriculum Topics for ages K-12, which are easily
adaptable to a variety of ages. > Curriculum Topics