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The following programs for children are highly recommended for youths in transition, children with low self-esteem and those facing various life challenges. Village Rhythms also offers school-based programs for children schools, village mentoring, and Intuitive Development for Kids.

Life Rhythms for Kids and Teens
Since the dawn of time, indigenous people have used drumming and dancing, words, art, conversation and storytelling as a way to teach, commune, and heal. Life Rhythms draws from the wisdom of these traditions in preparing young people for adulthood in a challenging world.

Life Rhythms begins at a comfortable pace and increases when students are ready. As communication and rhythm skills evolve, Onye incorporates interactive group drumming to advance social skills and build a sense of community.

After drumming, program participants feel peaceful, joyful and hopeful. Children and teens exhibit positive behaviors and greater awareness. They look forward to their next session.

Onye offers Life Rhythms for two different age groups–grades 4 through 6 and grades 7 through 9–each addressing the social and individual needs particular to the developmental stage each age represents.

The scheduling and location of the programs can be arranged according to the needs of the participants.

For grades 4 to 6
African drum coaching rebuilds the spirit of children whose dreams and aspirations have been shattered. Through play, drumming, and songs, children find the strength and support to regain their self-confidence, dignity, and joy in living.

The program provides a safe place where children can discover a deep sense of quietness and focus, channel strong emotions appropriately, and express themselves freely. By sharing the experience with others, they exchange kindness and compassion toward themselves and others.

For grades 7 to 9
In today’s society, young people face tremendous pressure and life challenges. Too often they rebel to prove their individuality and maintain their sense of identity. In Africa, youths embrace rites of passage and initiations using drumming to deepen their personal connection to nature, family and community. These rites of passage allow young people to learn, grow and mature as responsible members of their society.

The Life Rhythms program encourages creativity, improvisation, spontaneity and self-expression while integrating valuable life skills, such as discipline, teamwork and positive interaction. At points during the transformative process, Life Rhythms becomes a metaphor for the transitions through which each young person will inevitably pass.



Drumming and Dance for Kids and Teens
In Africa, drum and dance are integral parts of society in which the whole community is involved as a way to transform, educate, and heal its members. Village music-making energizes the body, clears the mind and uplifts the spirit while it teaches powerful lessons and valuable life skills.

Onye offers Drumming and Dance for two different age groups–grades 4 through 6 and grades 7 through 9–each addressing the social and individual needs particular to the developmental stage each age represents.

The scheduling and location of the programs can be arranged according to the needs of the participants.



For grades 4 to 6
This program offers children an opportunity to do what they do best: play, explore and learn. Students learn first hand about the historical and cultural context of African drumming and dance as a way of communicating and expressing a positive attitude toward life.

The first part of the program focuses on drum techniques. The second part teaches dance, movement, and the relationship between drum and dance.

We discover how music can motivate and teach the important life lessons and values required for self-discipline and responsibility. Through demonstration and practice, students experience the power of simplicity and excitement of improvisation as they learn rhythms and dance forms. Together, we celebrate team spirit, individual endeavors, and the accomplishment of common goals and objectives.

The course helps develop powerful skills and attributes such as:

  • Respect for each other
    ▪ Relaxation and quietness
    ▪ Concentration
    ▪ Self-identity and self-worth
    ▪ Anger management
    ▪ Communication skills
    ▪ Positive interaction
    ▪ A sense of belonging
    ▪ Compassion and kindness
    ▪ Self-motivation and confidence

For grades 7 to 9
In this program, young people learn the rhythms of life through play and exploration. We employ a variety of expressive and performance art forms to inspire each participant’s creativity and imagination.

Students learn the fundamentals of drumming and dance with the goal of achieving a positive attitude toward life. As students drum and dance, they learn how to channel their energies in a positive way, develop good social skills and relate to each other in a cooperative and respectful way.

Together, we celebrate team spirit, individual endeavors, and the accomplishment of common goals and objectives.

The course helps develop powerful skills and attributes such as:

  • Individuality
    ▪ Communication skills
    ▪ Conflict management
    ▪ Truth telling
    ▪ Sense of purpose
    ▪ Positive attitude
    ▪ Leadership
    ▪ A sense of belonging
    ▪ Compassion and kindness
    ▪ Self-motivation and confidence
Many organizations fund these events via PTA, grants, community sponsors, libraries and budgets for diversity, gang prevention and African-American History Month.

Foundations: Sebastopol Center for the Arts (501.3.c) can act as fiscal agent for grants to Village Rhythms.

Contact Onye to bring his motivational program to your school: 707-528-4458.