What are people saying about Just Add Rhythm’s drumming events?
– I feel so stress free and really recommend that I order a drum from Amazon so I can meditate and imagine myself at the beach.
– The drum circle helped me learn that I can destress and relax at the end of the day. Rhythm is a beautiful gift that we can sometimes forget we have. I love to see it be utilized in a helpful manner.
– My favorite part was when we all worked together to make a loud jam.
— Teen participants
— Duval County Public Schools Student Mental Health Conference, Jacksonville, FL
I think overall, it was a great experience for them. Some of them have never been introduced to drums. So that was one good benefit they got out of it. To actually play the drums and then play different parts of percussion. It wasn’t all just one type of drum.
– Letisha Rumlin, Program Director
– Dayspring Academy, Jacksonville, FL
This was a great program overall. I liked that it was full participation. Everyone there had their own drum and had their own thing to do, to participate and engage. It was a good way to channel the energy of the kids into something productive as a group. I also like the how the beginning immediately got their attention. All the drums and activities you have available brought them into the room immediately engaged. I think the program taught the kids to listen to each other a little better and work as a community.
— Jackie Perry, Youth Services Librarian
— Brentwood Library, Jacksonville, FL
It did something in me. I liked the team aspect, and my favorite part was being in the middle, because they all don’t know how beautiful they sounded. And it was different because it was all drums, you don’t expect it to sound like that…I’d like to get my own drum and do it, because it really really…I don’t know what it did, but it did something in me, and I never expected that.
What an amazing workshop! We were challenged to step out of our comfort zone but also support each other as a team. It was a unique and out of the box team builder!
– Kristin Keen, Founder & President
– Participants, Rethreaded, Jacksonville, FL
A pleasant, fun evening sharing rhythms with other people – many smiles. Very talented, joy-filled instructor!
– Theresa and John M.
We really enjoyed the connections that we made. It was fun and interactive.
— Drum circle participants, Delray Beach Club, Delray, FL
I really liked the rhythm; it was more than just drumming. It was an opportunity to come together as one in a fun way after a long day of exercises!
— Retreat participant , Leadership Jax, Jacksonville, FL
– The Just Add Rhythm program allowed our students to express themselves in a positive manner, [and] to mesh with each other. Our students have rhythm and this program allowed a collaboration of each student’s unique sound to form a rhythm and neo-soul recital.
– It exposed the students to a type of music in which they might not have been otherwise exposed to. It gave the students a better way of expressing their feelings.
– Just Add Rhythm gave our students the opportunity to try something new and experience a new way to collaborate with one another! Great addition to the after-school program.
— Staff Members, Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida
On behalf of the students who thoroughly enjoyed your rhythm and drum workshop, I want to tell you “thank you” for enriching our day and bringing all of my students joy and fun. I could tell by the big smiles on their faces that the students had a great time and learned about rhythm. Your enthusiasm was infectious, and your message was to let your inhibitions go and have fun with word play and drums. Everybody loves drums! Thank you again for bringing smiles to my student’s faces and spirits!
— Palm Avenue Exceptional School Team, Jacksonville, FL
What an energetic program! Just Add Rhythm brought its drumming activity to Regents Park Boca Raton, handing out shakers and drums to our long-term residents. What occurred was magical: People who typically have severely limiting disabilities or other issues took to those drums, Alisha’s enthusiasm and her carefully orchestrated program so instinctively that it was fun and therapeutic for them all. We look forward to having her back.
— Laura Belgrave, Director of Communications for Regents Park of Boca Raton
Absolutely love Just Add Rhythm! I have seen my patients’ gross motor, fine motor and even their social goals grow with every session! Alisha is wonderful and gets the children engaged and so excited for drumming. The children and I always look forward to this class! Totally recommend it for everybody, young or old!
— Heather Scheick COTA/L, United Cerebral Palsy of Broward County
Your energy and positive interaction with our children with a variety of special needs has been such an uplifting experience. The children and the staff look forward to seeing you each week. The hands on drumming, the positive reinforcement you give them, and your warmth is just what keeps the children engaged. I know that our partnership will be long lived and strong for years to come.
— Emily Findlater-Webb, United Cerebral Palsy of Broward County, Director of Afterschool and Summer Programs
Our Women’s Full Moon Drumming Circle was amazing. It was joyful and powerful. Most of all it was very clearing. We released much anxiety and pinned up emotions. It was truly very therapeutic and fun all at once!
— Ada Novak, Founder of Laya Center – A Sanctuary for Women
Whether it’s a children’s class or family event, Just Add Rhythm offers an engaging and educational experience for everyone. Alisha combines movement, geography and world cultures with drumming in a way that is instantly accessible to all. The kids enjoyed learning rhythms about different animals in the Rhythm Kids™ classes, and parents had a blast playing drums with their little ones at the Muzart Kids Korner during Expo al Fresco 2013 in Hollywood Arts Park.
— Tina Buccellato, Owner/Executive Director, Muzart Creative Arts Studios
I attended the summer solstice drumming event last June not knowing what to expect. I never participated in group drumming before. I never expected to get lost in the music or the trance-like rhythmic sound of the group. It allowed me to empty my mind and experience the moment. The facilitator (Alisha) was truly amazing with the group. Most of us felt the evening was engaging, fun, uplifting and energizing!
— Lisa Fuller, Share Yoga
This summer we had the pleasure of having Just Add Rhythm drum with our summer camp participants. Both age groups enjoyed the drumming activities. While the teens had a great time bonding with each other over the team building activities, the elementary age campers enjoyed the creative aspects of making up their own rhythms and exploring the sounds of the different instruments. We look forward to working with Just Add Rhythm again at our future events.
— Paul Nichols, Camp Coordinator, Lighthouse of Broward
I was looking to do something different for my daughter’s 11th birthday since it’s a transitional age and princess and pink is out of the question. I surprised my daughter with a special activity. It was refreshing to see the pre-teens engaged in something besides their iPhones. They were reminded of being a kid again and had a great time. Not only am I pleased that I made that choice but I would do it again AND book Alisha for an adult party. The fun was definitely for all ages. The adults were jealous!
— Eva Santiago Reed
I collaborated with Alisha on a Summer Solstice event that included meditation, yoga, chanting, and drumming. The highlight of the evening was Just Add Rhythm’s guided drum circle, which effectively transformed a group of beginners into cohesive, powerful, and confident drummers. Alisha closed the event with an inspiring meditation that raised the room’s vibration and left the participants renewed and uplifted.
— Melinda Matthews, RYT
Our teachers truly enjoyed [Just Add Rhythm’s] drumming program. Not only did Alisha have each child’s attention, she had each teacher’s attention too! Our groups can average 20-25 children and she captivated everyone’s attention. The teachers asked for her class every day!
— Arlene Abrams, Assistant Early Childhood Director, David Posnack Jewish Community Center
I took my daughter to the Jungle Drums program during a library event and was very pleased with the whole experience. This particular event offered an hour of interactive hands on learning of rhythm and song that is incorporated within a story that teaches children to be themselves. My daughter’s enthusiasm towards this program will have me looking forward to attending more in the future…I would love to see more of these programs utilized for children with special needs, and in schools to teach moral lessons in a fun and interesting way (as in Alisha’s anti-bullying program).
— Colette R.