An experiential music and cultural education program utilizing rhythm.
WorldBeat is a dynamic hands-on program unifying the traditional with the contemporary and the creative with the analytical. The WorldBeat program may be presented in workshop and/or performance formats.
The WorldBeat program uses rhythm instruments from various cultures in a classroom setting and teaches the students how to play. Instruction includes dance and singing traditional songs. The format can be adapted from a one to three hour class depending upon the needs of the specific institution. Sessions can be daily, weekly, monthly, or as one-time programs or workshops. Classes may also culminate in a school, public, or fundraising performance.
Several factors set Michael DiMartino’s instruction apart from traditional music classes.
The unique combination of rhythm work, vocal accompaniment, and movement, all in a collaborative, group creative process develops and supports:
Leadership • Teamwork • Community building • Self empowerment
Creative self-expression • Cultural education
Michael has been teaching this program since 1990 and performs solo, with students, with his percussion group, and with a full world music troupe around the world—in institutions ranging from preschool to universities. The program has also been formatted for special needs populations, from very young children to senior citizens.