Kids are real.
They are who they are.
I enjoy working with groups of kids because you know they will not be pretending to be someone or something they are not – and I find that comforting.
My job, in many ways, is to help kids keep “who they are” in tact while providing the inspiration for them to continue on that same path into adulthood – and take hold of this brief window of their lives to help them discover what it is they might love to do during their adult life.
Although I’m drumming while connecting with the kids, it’s really not all about the drums. It’s a creative (and loud) way to begin a meaningful discussion.
The most real people I have ever met have been kids, as well as those few adults who haven’t lost that youthful sense of themselves. I hope to hold onto that part of myself for the rest of my life.
This past week several of my students from Round Rock Drums and I had a wonderful time with the kids at Berkman Elementary here in Round Rock, Texas.
Here was the press release that went along with the pictures from the event:
Rhythm Workshops is a Hit – Inspiring Students at Elementary Schools!
As a special treat our Executive Director, Ed Francis (Master Drum Coach [MDC] at Round Rock Drums), took several students to Berkman Elementary, located in Round Rock, Texas, where they performed an opening piece as a unit, drum solos and a duet, to an enthusiastic crowd of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders.
This was followed by a fun clapping exercise, and an inspirational talk from the MDC where the focus was on following your dreams, figuring out what you love to do, and finding your passion.
And if that wasn’t already enough – the MDC also took student volunteers from the audience and had many of the kids “shadow-drumming” to the beats played on things like buckets, trashcans, paint cans, cymbals and actual drums.
Hands were raised high as more and more kids wanted to be chosen to play.
At the end the MDC asked some teachers to come up and play a complex rhythmic pattern while he jammed along with their steady beat.
We look forward to all the fun to be had throughout 2015 – it’s our 25th anniversary here at Rhythm Workshops, and we plan on making it an eventful one – for everyone!
I do have the very best job in the world, and I thank everyone for letting me be a part of your lives. — Ed Francis (Master Drum Coach, Round Rock Drums;
Executive Director, Rhythm Workshops)