Believing that everyone with a pulse is a percussionist, Brian Shankar Adler works with students to develop their innate sense rhythm. His teaching philosophy centers on the idea that rhythm lives in the body, in the world and in the universe; it is the interaction between a place, time and expenditure of energy. The study of rhythm is a daily practice of opening the ears, finding balance and breaking through blocks within the body to express any and all rhythms freely, with a clear, focused sound.
The Art of Rhythm (college/adults)
Percussion Ensemble (middle/high school)
Rhythm Meditation (adults)
Conducted Improvisation (college/adults)
A World of Percussion (elementary/middle school)
Tabla Notation (college)
Adler has presented workshops, masterclasses and private sessions at: Brooklyn Conservatory, The Cooperage, EMC Argentina, Hoff Barthelson Conservatory, Jersey City University, Mar del Plata Institute of Contemporary Art, New York University, Portland Conservatory of Music, University of Oregon, Vermont College of Fine Arts as well as others.
"Capturing an entire audience is a cherished skill of the experienced performer, and blowing the minds of every student in the class is the reward of the accomplished educator. Brian Shankar Adler accomplished both tasks with ease as he mesmerized everyone in the room with his amazing knowledge and skill.” ~Tom, workshop participant.
"Experiencing Brian's teaching was like taking a journey of expansion." ~Karen, student.
"His workshop set me in motion to further explore the areas he discussed and demonstrated. I could have used a few more hours of it." ~Vivian, workshop participant.
"Adler really has a special way of holding up a mirror and letting me see what I'm doing and how I can do it differently. It's a rare talent in any kind of teacher." ~Chanon, student.