Beverly Botsford

Beverly  Botsford

Beverly Botsford is a cross-cultural percussionist and educator; blending music, movement, and spoken word in solo and ensemble presentations.  Embracing drumming traditions and inspirations of Africa, Cuba, South America and her native North Carolina, she weaves colorful rhythmic tapestries with

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Dancing Drums


Program description

Shekere…Congas…Dundun…Cuica…Flying Hands, Shifting Feet, Swirling Braids

Using a fascinating array of percussion instruments, often homemade, Beverly shares excitement of world cultures and curriculum with music, spoken word, stories and dance. Percussion of Africa, Cuba, Brazil with a taste of jazz and Carolina spice.

Students will understand music in relation to history and culture. They will


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Program Detail

Program type: Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Dance, Multi-discipline, Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: American, Latino, Multicultural
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Music, Social Studies / History
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

flexible, multiple dates available

Length of program: 40 to 60 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Depending on the audience size, appropriate performance space and sound reinforcement – PA system with at least 1 mic and an extra input for my wireless headset microphone. Help with tech set up and sound check. Two large tables, 8 chairs with no arms, water, CD player. Access to space one hour prior to the performance. Access to closest load in and help with equipment if possible.



Fees / Ticketing:

Fee for 1 performance (includes travel and housing) $600.00.    $900 -two performances, same school, same day. $1100- three performances, same school, same day.

ALL PRICES ARE NEGOTIABLE. Inquie about block booking discounts.


NC Standard Course of Study:


SL2 (specifically K-8): Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.



L3 (specifically grades 3-8): Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

NC Essential Standards:


From the Arts Education, Music Standards K-8:


Musical Response K-8.MR.1 – Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances.


Contextual Relevancy K-8.CR.1 – Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music.


**** These music standards are the same across multiple grade levels. There are connecting objectives in each of these categories for multiple grades.



From the Social Studies K-8 Standards:


Culture K-8.C.1 – Understand and compare cultural expressions and diversity. * Specifics vary with each grade level.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



From a recent performance in Davidson County, NC. August 3, 2011

"It was truly an honor to have you as our performer at Thomasville Public Library this year. The children have really talked about how much fun they had and how much they learned about percussion instruments. We even circulated several of our books on percussion and learning how to play these fabulous instruments. Your willingness to share your teaching materials was a true bonus and I’m very appreciative of that. We would love to have you come back again sometime and teach us more. Thank you so much! "

Sincerely, Lori Tart Children’s Coordinator Thomasville Public Library 336-474-2693 Link to wesite blog with photos from that performance

The following comment is from a 2009 middle school residency in Robeson County:

"Beverly did performances in various schools and institutions and also worked with students in an after school program integrating drumming and music with math. “Upon dancing onto the stage playing one of her percussion instruments and without uttering a word, Ms. Botsford immediately captured the attention of her middle school audience. With hand gestures she engaged the students in clapping out the rhythms she played on a variety of instruments. Through music, she taught the children about unfamiliar cultures as well as integrating activities to teach pride in their own culture. By allowing students to rap or read original poetry written as a part of a unit recently studied and others to add rhythm to the recitations, Ms. Botsford delighted and inspired the students. A great performance by all!” CIS Academy Administration Pembroke, NC

From a performance of “Dancing Drums” in Rolesville, NC.:

Leslie S. McMillan 401 Peaslake Court, Rolesville, NC 27571-9201 919-341-8904 (H) 919-271-6898 (W) 919-341-4454

"Recently, we invited Ms. Beverly Botsford to Rolesville Elementary School to do two 45 minute shows highlighting her vast collection of drums, gourds and ‘toys” from around the world.. As the RES Cultural Arts Chair person, I have seen about a number of performances in the last two years and Ms. Botsford was among the best we have ever had our privelge to provide. Ms. Botsford was professional and yet engaging. She was ethusiastic and and offered an excellent educational curriculem. She was gentle and respectful yet held the attention of her audience of 300 PK to 5th graders in her hand. Ms. Botsford is an entertainer of the highest caliber and we will be sure to invite her back again."  Leslie S. McMillan Cultural Arts Chairperson Rolesville Elementary School

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