About Alisha and Just Add Rhythm:
I am a drum circle facilitator, and my job is to bring people together through the medium of drumming. I am dedicated to utilizing the power of music and movement to help others discover their true healthy selves – and to have lots of fun and be a little playful along the way.
In 2003, I picked up my first drum. Primarily being a singer at the time, I thought it would add a little groove to my vocal abilities.
Plus, I really loved the music from the Lion King, and had worn out the CD ages ago from overplay. Learning African music was a challenge like no other. At school, I joined the Berklee African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and my fascination with rhythm escalated. My rhythm journey led me on a cultural trip to Ghana, West Africa, and then on to earn an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Tufts University, during which time I conducted field research in Senegal, West Africa and Boston.
I found myself performing in various student and professional ensembles – and felt a flutter of excitement every time I took the stage. In 2012, it led me to found Just Add Rhythm LLC, with the vision of providing engaging hands-on opportunities for group music making to the South Florida community, in order for all to reap the physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits of drumming. Having fun is serious business, and for the past 13 years I’ve worked with children, teens, families, adults, and seniors, introducing them to the joy of music and the profoundly positive effect it can have on each and every one of us.
I am a proud member of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, a Senior Accredited DRUMBEAT and a certified Remo Health RHYTHMS® facilitator, and a licensed 40-hour Childcare professional with the Florida Department of Children and Families. I currently work with organizations throughout Northeast and South Florida to provide fun and engaging drumming opportunities for all.