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Since its inception in 1990, Ethos has enthralled and educated tens of thousands of students throughout the country through its World Beat outreach programs. Developed by Ethos members, World Beat's unique performance, workshop and residency activities are appropriate for any age or special education requirement. Featuring aurally and visually exciting percussion instruments from the United States, Brazil, Africa, India and the Middle East, World Beat provides a memorable and entertaining introduction to music and cultures from around the world. While based in New York City, where organizations such as the Children's Museum of Manhattan and Lincoln Center have presented hundreds of World Beat services, over a decade of touring has brought these outstanding music education programs to schools from Maine to California.

Sample Programs


World Rhythm, World Music

Age Group: Junior High to High School
Join World Beat as they introduce percussion instruments, rhythms, and compositions from around the world. The session can be tailored to different levels of music students, percussionists, and non-music students but is ideal for an all-school assembly performance.  

Drums Around the World

Age Group: K through 8th grade
This lecture/demonstration teaches students about the origin and history of authentic percussion instruments from around the world. Students can explore instruments such as the Djembe, Tar, Tabla, and Dumbek and then actually perform an original percussion composition with Ethos.

Bing! Bang! Boom!

Age Group: K through 6th grades
Bing! Bang! Boom! was designed as an educational program to introduce elementary school children to percussion in a fun and entertaining style. This program is a dynamic introduction for children to the family of percussion instruments, the sounds they create, and how they are played.

Single-Visit Classroom Activities:

The World of Hand Drums

Age Group: K through High School
Join World Beat for a classroom visit in which students will be introduced to exotic hand percussion from all over the world. Included in this activity are solo and group performances on hand percussion instruments. Ethos will discuss the unique history and geography of each of the instruments. Includes question and answer dialogue.


The Percussion Family

Age Group: K through 3rd grade
This classroom workshop is intended for students who are not able to attend Bing! Bang! Boom! World Beat will visit the classroom to present an intriguing lecture/performance on just what constitutes a percussion instrument. This program will open the eyes and ears of the students to the fascinating and endless world of percussion.


Experiment with Sound

Age Group: K through 3rd grade
Tin Cans, Newspapers, Combs, Toothbrushes…you name it! All can be used as a percussion instrument. In this interactive session, students will make their own percussion instruments. For students who have never played an instrument, this is an excellent activity to illustrate how a musician learns and rehearses music.