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 her infinite array of collected and homemade instruments.

Beverly celebrates more than 30 years of full-time, professional experience, performing and teaching in an infinite variety of situations.   Highlights include 13 years of touring with Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble as well as more than a decade on the faculty of the American Dance Festival. Over the years, she has shared her passion for rhythm and culture in hundreds of school and community residencies, workshops and performances, in solo and ensemble presentations.

Since 1998, Beverly has toured internationally with Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon in such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Umbria Jazz Festival.   Television credits include appearances on CBS “Good Morning”, BET Jazz, UNC-TV’s “Our State” and WRAL’s award winning, “Smart Start Kids”.  Recent highlights include performing in Hawaii for the President and First Lady Obama along with 200 Heads of State from around the world.

Beverly offers a variety of solo and ensemble performances as well as workshops and residencies. She tailors presentations to the needs of the presenter, the audience and in educational settings, to the curriculum. She is on the education and touring roster for the NC Arts Council as well as  Alternate ROOTS,, intersecting arts and activism to The language of rhythm is universal. Her goal is empowerment, enlightenment and inspiration for people in all walks of life.


  2315 Tanager Hill, Durham, NC 27705

919 824-3821

919 384-8418

Roots and Rhythm Residency

Program description

School Residencies usually involve multiple “hands on” classes with the same group of students, often with 3 to 5 or more sessions with the artist. They also may include performances and/or workshops for different groups. They can be designed to integrate specific core curriculum and are molded to the needs of the presenter.

For example, a full week residency in a school might open with a performance of Dancing Drums for the whole school to introduce the residency and reach all students, sharing excitement of universal rhythm, world culture and language through music, stories and dance. The rest of the week would engage the same group of students each day, with a “hands on” class experience and conclude with a “sharing” in the classroom on the final day.

A one day residency might include a mix of assemblies and workshops for students and teachers.

“Roots And Rhythm” Residencies- Drums, Percussion, Music, Culture, Character, Curriculum

Students will be introduced to the wide world of percussion instruments, exploring rhythm, pattern, tone, pitch, sound color, and dynamics, as well as cultural history, construction and materials involved in making them. They will participate in making music together as a drum ensemble, exploring important skills of listening, following directions, and doing your part to contribute to the whole. Beverly provides drums for all participants as well as sharing a wild and unusual array of percussion instruments from around the world. Students compose rhythms and learn "conducting” skills that will become part of a group piece, shared on the last day of the residency.

The Roots and Rhythm residency has a cultural arts focus, exploring diversity, creativity and global connections to build Twenty First Century Skills. It can also be combined with other specific curriculum connections. Choose your curriculum focus: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science of Sound, Math

“Wrap It In Rhythm” –English Language Arts Integration: Exploring Language and Culture with Drums and Percussion

In the Wrap it in Rhythm music residency, Beverly guides students in creating a multi-layered rhythm orchestra, to explore cultural diversity, build character and enhance language arts curriculum. Weaving words and rhythms, students will learn essential music skills playing percussion from around the globe, with a focus on drums from Africa and Latin America. Spiced with song, stories, movement and spoken word, the classes develop skills of teamwork, listening and self-expression.

Using classroom text from poems, stories, and other content, students will use music to explore the use of rhythm, repetition, accent and inflection, enhancing language fluency. They will explore sequence, form and literature styles as well as rhyme, alliteration and other writer’s tools. They will compose rhythms that will become part of a group piece, shared on the last day of the residency.

Curriculum Connections: Music, Language Arts and Social Studies

STEM Residencies integrating Science and Math: “Roots, Rhythm and the Science of Sound” OR “Roots, Rhythm and Math”

Both residencies include the Roots and Rhythm content and add a science or math focus:

The Science of Sound Residency, students celebrate the gift of listening with inquiry based learning on a wild and wacky array of unusual percussion from around the world, including Beverly’s own backyard. Ancient drums dance with wacky home made instruments in this “Vibration Celebration.” With hands on instruments, students will make observations and explore how sound is produced to explore wavelength, frequency, volume, pitch and other scientific sound phenomenon. Beverly will demonstrate instrument-making and instructions are provided for students to make their own. Student instrument creations will be incorporated into the residency. Students will know how sounds are made by using a variety of instruments and sound makers and that sound is produced by vibrating objects. They will analyze the pitch produced by changing the size and shape of a variety of instruments. (2nd Grade) 2.P.1 Understand the relationship between sound and vibrating objects.

In the Math residency, students use natural connections between music and math to deepen understanding of fractions, pattern, form and structure, as they compose rhythms and create musical arrangements. They draw graphs, take measurements of instruments and use drumsticks to explore angles and geometry. Molded to the needs of specific age groups, students will analyze, compare, predict, create and compose. (K-7) 

Booking / scheduling contact

Beverly Botsford

   919 824-3821

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

Flexible and available

Available times:

Flexible and available

Length of program: 60 to 90 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

A classroom space where the artist can be set up with instruments and have students come to her. * Secure overnight storage for instruments * 2 tables and 10 extra chairs * Help with equipment and arrangement of space * CD player


Flexible- see space and tech requirements

Fees / Ticketing:

$400 to $600 per day, depending on number of classes, preparation required, and other activities such as assemblies or sharings. As an example, a 4 day residency would be $1600 to $2400. A 5 day residency with the option of an all school assembly and a sharing would be $2000 to $3000.


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.



R2 (specifically K-8): Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

NC Essential Standards:


From the Arts Education, Music K-8 Standards:



Music Literacy K-8:



ML.1 – Apply the elements of music and musical techniques in order to sing and play music with accuracy and expression.



ML.3 – Create music using a variety of sound and notational sources.



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
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