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

Teacher's Workshops

Program description

“Wrap It In Rhythm” –English Language Arts Integration: Enhancing Language Arts and Fluency with Drumming and Percussion

In this music workshop teachers will learn strategies that use rhythm and percussion to enhance reading fluency and build literacy.

Beverly will guide teachers in playing drums and percussion to create a multi-layered rhythm ensemble that can engage hard-to-reach learners while exploring diversity and building character. Teachers will learn essential music skills and how to make drums and percussion from recycled material.

Using text from proverbs, historical speeches and content from other curriculum, teachers will explore the use of rhythm, repetition, accent, inflection and intonation in verbal communication. The natural rhythms and accents of spoken language will be used as a foundation to create small-group, meaningful, rhythmic compositions.

Teachers will know how to compose simple rhythms from the natural inflection of speech. They will be able to guide students in new ways to listen for accent, pauses, changes of pitch and cadence in oral and written language.

“World Drumming and Percussion 101” for Music Teachers

Technique, Culture, Orchestration Concepts, Creative Applications

Learn techniques and music classroom applications for drumming and percussion styles rooted in Africa, Latin America and the USA. Explore how to creatively apply concepts of language-based music and multi-layered rhythms in classroom orchestrations and compositions. Gain understanding and ideas for integrating music with core curriculum. Beverly also shares knowledge of percussion instrument repair, maintenance as well as instructions for a variety of home-made instruments.  

Booking / scheduling contact

Beverly Botsford

   919 824-3821

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Multi-discipline, Music, Theater
Cultural Origin: American, Latino, Multicultural
Program type: Professional Development, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Music
Bilingual: No
Available dates:


Available times:


Length of program: Flexible 90 minutes to 3 hours
Space / technical requirements:

Room large enough for teachers to sit in 1 or 2 circles and play instruments; Chair for each participant plus 6 extras; 2 large tables; CD player; Whiteboard or bulletin board. Will need close access for loading and unloading equipment, and help with unloading and set up, if possible. Access to the room at least 30 minutes before the session.



Fees / Ticketing:

$500 for one workshop. When combined with other activities or for Multiple workshops, $300. NEGOTIABLE


NC Standard Course of Study:


SL2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.



L3: 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 K-8 Standards:



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



From the Arts Education, Visual Arts Standards:



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



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.


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
Cancellation Policy