Mick’s residency is called “Rhythm Roots Workshop” a study of traditional/cultural drumming techniques conducted in a tone of cultural sensitivity and respect. Mick primarily teaches hand drumming, which commonly refers to a system of rhythmic techniques applied to various traditional percussion instruments.
“Rhythm Roots Workshop” combines traditional drumming techniques with a sense of cultural awareness and appreciation. Along with an instrument’s place of origin, there exists a system of techniques very specific to that instrument. In addition to the musicality of the instrument, one must also consider cultural sensibilities: ethnic customs, demeanor, attitude, and cultural context; which are vital in understanding an art form derived from a specific culture. It’s his goal that students will learn not only basic drumming techniques and a basic percussion vocabulary, but also to respect cultural origins - a key to learning cultural art forms.
Students learn basic hand drum techniques and specific rhythms as applied to each percussion instrument. Rhythms are arranged to create an ensemble format, and in turn the Ensemble creates a Performance Piece. This experience exemplifies student group cooperation while building confidence and excitement as the students mount their very own Performance Piece.