Dancing Drum

Dancing Drum

Dancing Drum’s mission is to EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN, and INSPIRE people of all ages through interactive, percussion-based programming and materials. We are a comprehensive resource for schools and other organizations that wish to incorporate drumming into their instructional day.

Since our founding in 2002, we have aimed to set a national standard for innovative, integrated arts education for schools. Dancing Drum’s approach is inclusive, positive, musical, and fun! We offer several program themes for schools including multi-cultural awareness and character education. Our original methods and materials have been developed over 18 years of work in a wide variety of classroom, workshop, and performance settings in schools all across the country.

All of Dancing Drum’s school programs are standards-based and prioritize hands-on opportunities for students to experience the excitement, magic, and creativity of the arts. Drumming is not only about making music, it’s also a medium through which students can work together to build school community, learn to focus in a dynamic environment, and enjoy an energetic and productive outlet for creative self-expression.




  33 Coxe Ave. #2262, Asheville, NC


(504) 444-2929

(504) 910-9717

Interactive Performance Assembly - Drumming Up World Music

Program description

Dancing Drum’s Interactive Performance Assemblies are high-energy programs that engage, entertain and inspire your entire school! From the first moments of a Dancing Drum assembly, students play and sing along with clapping, body percussion and vocal chants. Next, groups of 100 student volunteers come up to play drums and percussion instruments throughout the show. Schools receive two back-to-back assemblies scheduled in the morning or afternoon. Principals and teachers across the country have said this was the best assembly they ever had, so join in the rhythm and bring this uplifting, community-building musical experience to your school!

This 1/2 day program offers 2 back-to-back assemblies scheduled either in the AM (before lunch) or PM (after lunch). Approximately half of the school would attend the first and the other half would attend the second. Each assembly can last 45min-60min with 10min-15min of transition time in between each assembly.

Here is an AM sample schedule for a K-5 school:

Assembly 1: 9:00am-9:50am (Grades K-2)

Assembly 2: 10:00am-10:50am (Grades 3-5)

Audience size per assembly is best at 400 students at a maximum. With 2 back-to-back assemblies, we can get 800 students through the program. If your school has more than 800 students, we can add 3 to 7 assemblies in one day at a cost of $450 for each additional assembly.

The Drumming Up World Music assembly program takes students on an interactive musical journey to learn about rhythms and songs from Africa, the Caribbean, South America and the United States! Listen to the sounds of African drums, the steel pan, bells, shakers and blocks as we showcase several musical traditions of the world!

Steve Campbell, also known as Mr. Steve, will be leading this exciting, interactive program for your school! He has been Dancing Drum’s Musical Director and Teaching Artist since 2002.

See video of our Interactive Performance Assembly program here: https://dancingdrum.com/pages/interactive-performances

Virtual Online Program Option: Drumming Up World Music can also be offered as a Virtual Performance Assembly program.

See video of our Virtual Performance Assembly here: https://dancingdrum.com/pages/virtual-performance-assembly

Schools can request to receive a Drumming Up World Music Study Guide PDF after booking a program.

We will follow all of your school’s COVID-19 guidelines including wearing masks and social distancing protocols for all of our in-person drumming programs.

Contact us for more details of how to bring this multicultural, world music program to your school!

Booking / scheduling contact

Lindsay Rust



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Assembly/Performance
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Music
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Programming is available the entire year. Contact us with dates you’re interested in and we’ll let you know if they are available.

Available times:

7:30am – 4:00pm

Space / technical requirements:

Due to large groups of students coming up to play instruments throughout the assembly, we prefer to be set up on the floor of the gym or multipurpose room. Students will sit on the floor theater style with an aisle in the middle. We will provide our own sound system, wireless microphones for performers, and a microphone for teachers or staff to make announcements.


Charlotte Mecklenburg County and surrounding area

Fees / Ticketing:

In-Person Interactive Performance Assemblies – $1,125 fee includes 2 back-to-back assemblies either in the AM (before lunch) or PM (after lunch). Audience size per assembly is best at 400 students at a maximum. With 2 back-to-back assemblies, we can get 800 students through the program. If your school has more than 800 students, we can add 3 to 7 assemblies in one day at a cost of $450 for each additional assembly. Contact us to discuss the number of assemblies your school would need.

Virtual Performance Assemblies are 30 minutes each in length. $350 for a single assembly. $600 for 2 back-to-back assemblies. $900 for 3 back-to-back assemblies. $1,200 for 4 back-to-back assemblies.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. With our Rhythm Phonics method, we use the drum sounds “Boom” to represent the low sound and “Ba” to represent the high sound. We also use words/syllables, number groups and colors to teach rhythm patterns on instruments. These different verbal methods help the students to listen, speak and play the rhythm patterns correctly on their laps, claps, drums and percussion instruments.

SL1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. In addition to teaching rhythm patterns for the students to play, we also have a “Jam Time” section of the assembly for student improvisation. Students are asked to create a rhythm pattern on top of a steady pulse. They have to listen to each other’s pattern and make their patterns connect and work together in a community conversation on drums and percussion instruments.

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. We use drum sounds, words/syllables, numbers and colors to represent rhythm patterns. Students use their knowledge of language to interpret how these verbal phrases translate to music patterns on their bodies, drums and percussion instruments.

NC Essential Standards:

3.CR.1: Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music. Our Interactive Performance Assembly program features African drums, Caribbean steel pans and South American percussion instruments. We discuss the origins of where they came from, how they were invented, their use in society and culture and how they have influenced the modern music we listen to today.

2.ICR.1: Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships. Our Interactive Performance Assembly program features rhythms, songs and dances about Fairness, Caring, Responsibility and Respect. We use the power of drumming, singing and movement to reinforce the character lessons through teamwork and a positive community building experience for all students.

3.MR.1: Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances. Through our Call & Response techniques, we create a rhythmic dialogue for students to participate in the musical conversation together.

 2ML.1.3Execute rhythmic patterns using body, instruments, or voice. Our Lap-Clap Body percussion enables all students to join in the rhythm conversation by playing rhythms on their bodies. Our Rhythm Phonics methods enables students to sing the rhythm pattern with the “Boom” (Low) and “Ba” (High) sounds, words/syllables, number groups and colors. Using these kinesthetic and verbal methods as a learning tool, students can play the rhythm pattern on drums and percussion instruments.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: 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
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Though cancellation or rescheduling of events is extremely rare, if an event needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, illness, impassible roads, or travel delays, we will work to find the best solution for a new date. Cancellation by the client with 30 days or more advance notice will result in the loss of deposit. Cancellation by the client with 29-15 days advance notice will result in the loss of deposit and 50% of the balance due, payable within 30 days. Cancellation by the client with 14 days or less advance notice will result in loss of deposit and 100% of the balance due within 30 days. Cancellation by Dancing Drum will result in the full return of client’s security deposit and a 10% discount on a similar program in the future.