Talking Drums - A World of Musical Communication

by  Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

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In this participatory workshop students will discover connections between language and music, and explore how drums and drumming can communicate and transfer information even at a distance. Bash the Trash veteran teaching artists Rohin Khemani or Brian Adler will begin the workshop with a mini-performance that includes an Indian double-drum instrument called the Tabla. The presenter will then go into some of the details of the instrument, the history, how it is built, how it works and how to play it etc. Students will then learn some simple patterns using vocalizations that connect to drum sounds - in the same way that all tabla players learn from their teachers. In an optional instrument-building segment, students will then build some simple drums from recycled and reused materials, and finally perform a fun short piece with our presenter. Q&A included.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $220.00
Point to Point: $220.00
By Request: $220.00

This workshop is intended for a single classroom, but up to 4 additional classrooms may sign in.
First classroom: $220
Up to four additional classrooms @$55 each



Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Culture, Foreign/World Languages, International, Performing Arts, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History, Music

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If for any reason the recipient wishes to reschedule up to 24 hours before the program, Bash the Trash will make every effort to accommodate the rescheduling.

If for any reason the recipient wishes to cancel a program, there is no fee up to 24 hours before the program. Cancellation within 24 hours of program, with no rescheduling possible, entails payment of the full fee.

However, in the case of a weather or pandemic-related cancellation within 24 hours of program, please contact us and we'll work it out.

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Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

United States

Bash the Trash programs are about music, science, culture, arts and the environment! Centered around the concept of sustainability, we’ve been building and performing with found-object instruments for over 30 years, making connections to plastic pollution and climate change. 

Over time our programs have evolved into a wide range of musical and cultural experiences that go beyond homemade instruments. Our diverse crew of presenters offer a series of programs based on their individual artistic skills and cultural backgrounds, making connections with students through their amazing experiences. We’re eager to interact with audiences through the arts, Q&A and conversation to create true cultural and artistic exchanges. 

Hands-on instrument-building or art-making is possible in most programs using simple reused/repurposed materials. Bash the Trash offers workshop/performances and multiple-session residencies as well as fun and useful professional development for educators, all closely aligned to national and local standards. Plus Bash the Trash programs are great for special days like Earth Day, National Recycling Day and World Water Day! 

Ian Bertles

Program Details


Each program will be different depending on the artist and the needs of the class and teacher, but in general each show will look like this:
1. Initial mini-performance
2. Introductions
3. Focus on the instrument, history, construction, what it does
4. Participate in a mini-performance with that instrument
5. Explore how to build a simple homemade version of that instrument
6. Q&A
7. Final performance


Each performance is different. In general however, the program objectives are:
1. Meet a musician, learn about what they do
2. Discover their instrument, the history, background, culture, construction, and playing techniques
3. Explore how language and music can come together to teach, learn, and communicate
4. Learn about the wide variety of music from cultural backgrounds around the world
5. Begin a “cultural exchange” between the students and the performer; increase knowledge of different cultures and encourage respect for different traditions and backgrounds
6. Get a hands-on experience of how build a simple instrument, and then use it in a fun performance
7. Consider how the arts can be a force for peace and understanding in the world

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This show makes connections to:
Science: Environment, Climate Change, Plastic Pollution
Music: Cultural music, instrument families, rhythm
Cultural Studies