Sara Tone


Roots Youth Drum 2018

Drum & Rhythm Classes for Youth Grades 1-5 or Ages ~7-11


4-4:45pm  Advanced/Continuing Students (*with teacher approval)

5-5:45pm  Beginning Students Welcome!!!

Winter Session  Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19 - $65 

Spring Session  Apr 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, Jun 4 - $65  

-Both Sessions have a scheduled Monday school holiday or break. We WILL be having class on those Mondays. Please be in contact if you plan to be away.

This is the 3rd year of drum classes held at a private home 2.5 blocks from Sunnyside Environmental School.
Full size Drums are included! (If you have your own FULL SIZE hand drum you may bring that as well.)
8 kids max per class session*

We will focus on a few Traditional West African drum rhythms, get into basic and complex counting systems (rhythm = fractions) attempting to play poly-rhythms (more than 1 beat at a time), geographic and cultural relevance of music and drums, shakers, and how to spell RHYTHM correctly ;)


1. EMAIL  specifying Winter, Spring or Both sessions and class start level.

2. Complete payment of $65 per session via PAYPAL(at email above); by check/cash on or before first class.

Through hand percussion and voice, we will utilize patterns and practices influenced by West African and Brazilian drum techniques. Great skills for kids of all ages, parents too ;)!!!

This physical music not only develops both fine and gross motor skills, logic, math, language, culture and geography. It also has a strong element of building, personal, social and community based skills. Learning to stop and start together is the foundation, listening for cues, counting and feeling the beat, working simple rhythms into complex patterns in the dynamic of a group. This is powerful work and helps us develop strong social skills for working together, working through challenges and making something tangibly beautiful and creative. These are both hemisphere brain gym kind of exercises, and very accessible. This music is not meant to be played alone, in fact it can't be. Please accept this invitation to help bring the rhythm though our kids!
Sara Tone Education Bio:
I started teaching children in mixed settings, specializing in Music Education in 2006. I worked for Ethos, a Portland based non-profit music school for 5 years teaching 1000's of kids hand-percussion, guitar, voice, songwriting, music theory and intro to world music (lots of Bob Marley!!) I love sharing my joy of music and life with the youth and I have seen its magic work time and time again.
Personal development: I graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA with a BA in Humanities- Focus in Cultural Studies, Music for Dance Performance and Taoism in 2002. I started studying hand percussion in college, primarily D'jembe and Dun Dun taught by Famoudou Konate of the Malinké tradition from Guinea, West Africa. For the last 4 years I've been in study and performance with Grammy award wining Master Musician Chris Berry. Chris guides a group called the Bana Kuma, where we create original music and dance for the 4 elements. Performed on West African drums, M'bira, Full Marimba, Dance, Strings and Voice, it's a highly powerful experience!!
Thank for your support and trust in teaching our youth.
Many Blessings,
Sara Tone