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Hand Drumming Experience reaches diverse clientele

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Downtown classes for the Community Hand Drumming Experience Presented by Remo have reached their three-month anniversary with plenty of action taking place on Sixth Street twice a week!

 

You never know who might show up! 

Lehigh County employees
Local retirees, kids and families
The local newspaper or television channel
The Mayor of Allentown 

And that’s just in the first three months! 

As word spreads throughout Allentown, the Community Hand Drumming Experience Presented by Remo is quickly becoming a hot topic as the two weekly free classes reach their three-month anniversary!

[object Object]We’ve had visitors drop in from every walk of life, and that’s just how it’s supposed to be, according to Eric Kitchenman, Urban Arts Center and Director of Educational Outreach for Youth Education in the Arts. 

“Parents with their children of all ages, members of the Allentown workforce looking for a little mental break, even the Mayor of Allentown, Ed Pawlowski, dropped in for an afternoon of hand drumming,” Kitchenman said. 

YEA! launched its downtown classes on May 24 and with every week that passes, new faces show up in the lower gallery at the Musselman Arts Development Center on the corner of Hamilton and Sixth streets for the lunchtime stress relief classes on Mondays, and the kids and family drum circle on Wednesdays.  

Both sessions are led by Maureen Jerant, 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.

Get in on the fun!

No commitment necessary. No fees or payments. Just come by for the scheduled class and drum! These free weekly sessions are open to the workforce and residents of Allentown: 

 The Community Hand Drumming Experience Presented by Remo 

Mondays – Noon to 1 p.m.
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! 

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

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

Both sessions are open to the residents and workforce of Allentown!

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

 

Program Background

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 are 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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