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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Drum Talk


Program description

“Drum Talk” is a workshop for students using rhythm, drums, percussion, movement and language to explore culture, character and curriculum.

Beverly guides students on a hands-on music journey, learning basic techniques of drumming from Africa and Latin America. Using the rhythm of words and language, participants will learn some of the building blocks of music- steady beat, groove, phrasing,


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Dance, Multi-discipline, Music, Theater
Cultural Origin: American, Latino, Multicultural
Subject: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies / History
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Length of program: Flexible- 60 to 90 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Room large enough for students to sit in 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.


Flexible- see tech requirements

Fees / Ticketing:

$400- For one Workshop. $300-Per Workshop, same site/ same day. $200-Per Workshop w/performance. Fees are NEGOTIABLE.


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 2-8): 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:



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.



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.


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


 Please see references under Dancing Drums

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