October 20, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Hand drumming has been known to be quite therapeutic and relaxing. Offered through Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Garrett College, this course will focus on the fundamentals of rhythm, including tempo, note values, and meter. Students will learn a variety of hand drumming techniques and rhythms found in cultures throughout the world. Students are required to provide their own hand drums. Although the djembe is one of the most common hand drums, students may also use a tubano, doumbek, or ashiko drum. The class is appropriate for ages 10 and up. The course is being instructed by Dr. Sean Beachy. He earned an undergraduate degree in applied music with an emphasis in piano from Alderson-Broaddus College. He also has earned a master of music degree in composition from Shenandoah University and a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from West Virginia University. Beachy has had pieces premiered and performed throughout the United Sates, including most recently in Frostburg for the city?s Bicentennial Celebration. In addition to teaching both credit and non-credit courses at Garrett College, he is also a freelance composer and collaborative pianist. He is a staff accompanist at Frostburg State University, where he plays for the Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as students for recitals. Beachy has recently been appointed adjunct instructor of composition at FSU and will begin teaching composition lessons this spring. He is also the church organist, A/V coordinator, and webmaster at Frostburg United Methodist Church.