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FREE Hand Drumming Classes held on Mondays, Wednesdays

Lunchtime stress relief, afterschool sessions are open to residents

Join Youth Education in the Arts for weekly hand drumming in downtown Allentown! 

The newest venture of YEA!’s Urban Arts Center includes two FREE community classes held at the Musselman Arts Development Center on the corner of Hamilton and Sixth streets. (Lower gallery off Sixth Street)

The Community Hand Drumming Experience Presented by Remo 

Mondays – Noon to 1 p.m. – Lunchtime Stress Relief

Wednesdays – 5-6 p.m. – Drum Circle for Kids and Family 

Both sessions are open to the residents and workforce of Allentown! All drums and percussion equipment is provided. Bring nothing - just a willingness to learn and have fun!

Hand Drumming: Lunchtime Stress Relief
Come by on your lunch hour and feel the stress fade away with every beat! Led by Drum Circle Facilitator Maureen “Moe” Jerant, this class is designed for adults to rejuvenate their spirit through hand drumming, a proven method to reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. At the same time, discover your hidden musical abilities! 

Drum Circle for Kids and Family
This after-school and work session will bring the family together during a spirited and fun Hand Drumming Circle for all ages. As Drum Circle Faciliator Maureen “Moe” Jerant says, it’s a rhythm party where you’re allowed to make plenty of noise! 

No experience necessary for either class! Just show up, grab a drum and start feeling the beat! 

ABOUT MOE JERANT
Maureen Jerant is a trained Drum Circle Facilitator and long-time percussionist and educator. From the Lehigh Valley area, 'Moe,’ as she is affectionately called, brings to the class years of percussion and hand drumming experience, both locally and nationally. She is the founder of the Stressbuster Drum Circle and conducts private and group music lessons, plays with two musical groups and directs performances by the Jamani Drummers and the Lehigh Valley Drum Circle Ensemble.

 

Moe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts Music and is a trained Remo HealthRhythms facilitator. 

Read more about Moe on her Web site, www.lvdrumcircle.com.

EXPANSION FROM SOUTH MOUNTAIN MIDDLE

The Community Hand Drumming Experience coming to downtown Allentown is an extension of the program held at South Mountain Middle School since November 2008.

For two years, students at the school have participated in weekly drum circles coordinated through a collaboration of the Urban Arts Center and the Community Partners for Student Success, or COMPASS, a program of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. The program takes hand drumming into local schools to expose students to the benefits of music and percussion, and to help create a thriving community gathering place after school hours.

The Community Hand Drumming Experience is the third locally-based initiative for YEA!, which also administers the Lehigh Valley Youth Drumline, now in its third season, and its premier program, the Xcape Dance Team, which has tripled its class schedule since its inception in 2007.

The Community Hand Drumming Experience is also made possible through the generous donations and support of Remo, Incorporated of Valencia, Calif., a sponsor of YEA! and its programs, The Cadets and the US Scholastic Band Association.

The Musselman Arts Development Center is located at 601 W Hamilton St., at the corner of Sixth and Hamilton streets. Classes will be held in the First Floor Gallery (Sixth Street entrance). 

For more information on the Community Hand Drumming Experience, contact Melissa Babalonis at Melissa@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 115.

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