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, MN 2016



Harriett Bishop Elementary-Savage, MN 2018


Volunteers of America of Minnesota Elder Day Program-Minneapolis, MN 2017

Partnership Resources Inc-St Louis Pk, MN  for Developmentally Disabled 2018


Partnership Resources Inc-Minneapolis, MN 2018

PRI Partnership Resources Inc @ Minneapolis Institute of Art Performance 2018

Wilder Community Center for Aging-St Paul, MN 2019

Mt Zion Picnic Mounds Park St Paul, MN 2019

VA Adult Day Center Memory Care Unit-Minneapolis, MN 2021


RTR Public Schools-Tyler, MN April 2022

Walker Methodist Health Center-Minneapolis, MN July/August 2022


Tasks Unlimited Training Center-St Louis Park, MN September 2022

Lincoln Elementary School in Ivanhoe, MN March 2023

Cerenity Humboldt Senior Care April/June 2023

Ebenezer Park Loring Assisted Living Senior Care June/August 2023

Ebenezer Tower Independent Living Senior Care June/August 2023

Jewish Family & Children Service Of Minneapolis July/August 2023

Anoka Rum River Library August 2023

St Therese New Hope August 2023

Gerry Moore pro drummer from Arthur Murray

St Therese Ox Bow August 2023