A World of Percussion

Connecting rhythm, language, mathematics, geography, history and environment through a study of musical concepts from around the globe.

A World of Percussion is a workbook, audio recording and workshop series that encourages children to explore sound and rhythm through various percussion instruments, while learning about music from around the world.

It includes ten colorful percussion études based on influential rhythms from: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Spain, and the United States and offers a context in which to understand cultural diversity with an eye towards global fluency.

Designed for music classes (ages 7-15), and using a box notation system, not requiring prior knowledge of music notation.

As participants travel around the world, filling in their rhythmic passport, they absorb a taste of each drumming tradition.

Percussion disciplines include: playing with hands, sticks, brushes, mallets, as well as vocal, body, and pitched keyboard percussion.


"Concise, easy to relate to, and fun right from the start..." ~Brandon Cruz, South Florida Center for Percussive Arts.

“I love the overview of all the countries and it's very insightful… A curious invitation for the young mind!" ~Jamey Haddad, percussionist with Paul Simon and Sting.

"Fun and easy to put together with music students or just at home. You also get some nuggets of cultural information about the music from different countries." ~John Bertles, Bash the Trash.

"Well thought out and presents a wide range of rhythms in an easily accessible way to music students of any level." ~Nick Kadajski, Grace High School.

"A World of Percussion could serve to invigorate and inspire, both student and teacher alike." ~Tom Monaghan, drummer.