Leo Brooks

As a young child, Leo Brooks used to pull the pots and pans out of the cupboard to bang on them - so it’s easy to understand why his love of percussion has been developing most of his life. Raised in Alberta where he earned his Bachelor of Music at the University of Lethbridge, Leo continues to increase his experience and knowledge of drumming traditions from around the world.  Although the marimba (a large xylophone-type instrument) is his first love, Leo now is now devoting most of his time to teaching hand drumming and drum building to children. Since 2005 he has shared his love of percussion in countless school workshops with thousands of children across eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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Diversity of musical traditions, discovery of heterogeneous instruments; patterning; World music, rhythms, language and cultures.


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French Immersion

Drumming

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Students will learn basic techniques and rhythmic patterns on djembe drums. These patterns are taught using mnemonic phrases, building towards multiple patterns being playing together. (*Content is slightly modified for K - Grade 1 students.)

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One hour session: $250 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $315 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $415 + HST
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Boomwhackers

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

These colour-coded plastic tubes are played by striking them on the ground or on the body to create different pitches. Using the concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony, students will work together to play simple songs. (Sessions for Kindergartens and Grade 1 are 30 minutes long; maximum of 5 workshops a day.)

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One hour session: $250 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $315 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $415 + HST
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Rhythm Circles

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Playing djembes, other types of drums, bells, shakers and guiros, students will participate in a facilitated jam in a large circle. Students will be taught how to create music together using both structured and improvised rhythms.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
60
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One hour session: $275 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $365 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $465 + HST
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Boomwhacking Leadership Workshop

New Program Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Rhythm Circles are an excellent medium to instill principles of good leadership in a dynamic way. Everyone is equal in the circle and every voice contributes to it’s success. Using Boomwhacker percussion tubes, Leo’s facilitation will help participants understand the importance of communicating, listening, teamwork, mutual respect and unity.

Participants:
Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
60
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One hour session: $315 + HST
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Drum Building

New Program Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Constructed from simple materials, students will build drums that are functional, durable and ready to be played! Two sessions are required: a supervised construction session and an instructional workshop to learn how to play their new instruments. Please plan for this project at least 6 weeks in advance. Schools will be responsible for decorating the drums.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maximum:
2 classes of 30 students
Discipline:
Music, Visual Arts
Time and Price:
1 1/2 days: $830 + HST (Can be extended to more days)
A minimum of two classes are required. Material fees: $15 + HST per student.
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