Uncle Devin has been a member of Young Audiences/Arts for Learning - Maryland since 2013 as a roster artist.  Through YAMD, we provide two types of programs for Maryland schools:

1.) Artist-in-Residency

Percussion instruments are often called the heartbeat of life. In this residency, children will gain an understanding of percussion instruments as an essential part of history and human experience, and will be able to classify multicultural percussion instruments by sight and sound. 

Uncle Devin uses different musical instruments, along with his award-winning book, “The ABC’s of Percussion with Music CD,” to help students construct and demonstrate an understanding of how the sounds made from percussion instruments were used to communicate long before the telephone, computer, email, and other modern forms of communication.  Students will engage in a creative process that connects the sounds and rhythm of percussion instruments with your desired curriculum focus, i.e., history and culture.

2.) Assembly

This music assembly takes students on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion that allows them to hear, see, and play different percussion instruments while gaining an understanding of the history of percussion and why it is the easiest, oldest, and most diverse form of musical creativity. Uncle Devin and his flute-playing sidekick Mr. Grasshopper will introduce students to different genres of music while showing them how percussion is the heartbeat of them all.  

(Sample Common Core connectionCCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.3 Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.)

About Young Audiences/Arts for Learning - MD

Young Audiences, the nation’s largest arts education network, began in Baltimore in 1950. As the Maryland affiliate, we are a nonprofit organization devoted to enriching the lives and education of Maryland’s youth through educational and culturally-diverse arts programs.


We partner with professional artists from all disciplines and with schools throughout Maryland for hands-on arts learning experiences. We envision a Maryland where the arts are valued for their capacity to transform lives, and where every student is immersed in opportunities to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.