What We Do?
Assemblies - This music assembly takes students on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion that allows them to hear and see different percussion instruments while gaining an understanding of the history of percussion and why it is the oldest and most diverse forms of musical creativity. Uncle Devin will also introduce students to different genres of music while showing them how percussion instruments are the heartbeat of many of them.
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Residencies - We provide hands-on professional development in pre-k to sixth-grade classes, working directly with educators and their students as they learn to incorporate the use of percussion in their curriculum. The residency is based on the teacher's needs and requirements and on their subject matter/curriculum, which changes weekly. Therefore, no residency is the same. It is also a combination of professional development for the teachers and an integrated student learning experience. Each class is typically 45 minutes for a minimum of 4 days.
Music Workshops – These informal, fun, and playful workshops are geared for children of all ages and cover hand drums, body percussion, and rhythm techniques.
Family Involvement Workshop - Teaches parents different rhythm instrument games they can play with their child using household items as percussion instruments to reinforce and build body awareness and teach life lessons.
Uncle Devin’s Percussion Playground - Children take turns playing and exploring different percussion instruments in a supervised, playground format.
Book Reading – Based on his children’s book, “The ABC’s of Percussion with Music CD,” Uncle Devin introduces an instrument for every letter of the alphabet and has an accompanying CD that recites the book, which allows the child to hear what each instrument sounds like.
Syndicated Radio Programming – The Uncle Devin Show® is the owner of WEE Nation Radio, a free 24/7 online children’s music radio station for children between 3-10 years old, which provides the best in global beats for little feet WEENationRadio.com. We offer a weekly, syndicated version of our radio program to stations around the nation, including on WPFW 89.3 FM in DC every Wednesday night from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST.
Drum/Percussion Lessons for children starting in 2021.
Note: All programs, with the exception of the Percussion Playground, are available virtually to accommodate the social distancing measures as indicated in the Center for Disease Control's recommended guidelines in response to COVID-19 Pandemic.