Residencies and Workshops

Rhythm Roots Workshop Residency Description

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In 1988 Mr. Labriola developed a training session for the development of basic hand drumming technique. Hand Drumming refers to a system of rhythmic techniques applied to various cultural/ traditional Percussion instruments. Each instrument  has a specific country, region, or culture of origin, and sometimes the instrument can encompass several regions simultaneously.

Along with the instrument's place of origin, there exists a specific set of variables of approach and maneuverability i.e. a technique very specific to each instrument. In addition to the musicality of the instrument, one must also consider cultural sensibilities. Ethnic customs, demeanor, attitude and cultural context are vital in understanding an art form derived from a specific culture of peoples.

Rhythm Roots Workshop combines traditional drumming techniques with a sense of cultural awareness and appreciation. To elaborate more fully, this means to learn intellectual variables (technique) by means of honoring and respecting the founders of this knowledge.

Rhythm Roots Workshop has a variety of teaching formats according to duration. The Workshop(s) can vary from a one hour session to a full length Residency Week (4 to 6 classes per day) culminating into a final day Residency Performance by the students.

Residencies generally consist of two categories;  with an option of creating a custom Residency at the Schools request.

  1. Developmental or Core Group Residency-Working with a class in multiple sessions.
  2. General Overview Residency/Workshop-Working with a class in only one session.

Percussion instruments for Residencies & Workshops up to 35 students

  • Congas-3 sizes Tumba-Conga-Quinto Cuban Style. Gon Bop, Valje & LP.
  • Bongos-Cuban Gon Bop & LP
  • Dumbecks-Egyptian Alexandria
  • Djembes-Remo
  • Fonde, Keta, Buf/Baandu-Jamaican
  • Cajons-Spain
  • Tupan/Davul-Bulgaria, Surdo-Brazil or Bass Drum
  • Claves, Cowbells, Tambourines, Maracas, Cabasa, Guiro, Sherkere etc.

Prairie Elementary Worthington, MN 2010

Highland School Crookston, Mn 2011

Kittson Central Elementary Camp Art Summer Program Hallock, MN 2014

Clear Springs Minnetonka, MN 2016

Hillcrest Community Elementary School Bloomington 2016



Harriett Bishop Savage, MN 2018


Volunteers of America of Minnesota Elder Day Program 2017

Partnership Resources Inc St Louis Pk for Developmentally Disabled 2018


Partnership Resources Inc Minneapolis 2018

PRI Partnership Resources Inc @ Minneapolis Institute of Art Performance 2018

Wilder Community Center for Aging St Paul 2019

Mt Zion Picnic Mounds Park St Paul 2019