Playing Tabla increases body awareness & kinesthetic development; it helps students develop graceful coordination and self-control. 7. Playing rhythms improves listening skills and increases children and teens' ability to focus for extended periods of time. It is the main rythmic instrument in North Indian classical music, but its versatility in all musical styles has enabled it to become the most popular percussion instrument in all of India. Its music involves skillfully composed rhythmic patterns, intriguing compositions, and complex beat structures. The tabla is a highly versatile percussion instrument, which is played solo or in accompaniment with just about any musical instrument. The level of sophistication and tonal beauty it possesses has elevated the instrument to an unmatched status in the world of percussion. Playing Tabla is a dynamic way to enjoy creating rhythms that express ourselves in a non verbal, but not so silent language.
There are so many ways to play with beats and silence. In this introductory class we will learn 2-3 different rhythms and add body movements and breath sounds to the mix. As the learners each find their Rhythm Zone, we start adding improvisation and layering of the rhythms. It's going to get LOUD!
Students will come to be comfortable with feeling and creating rhythms in, and with, their bodies. They can express themselves in fun, dynamic ways, on drums of varying origins, shapes and sizes. They will practice listening and repeating sounds and pulses. Students get a chance to be both leader and follower, respectfully taking turns leading the group, thus exercising courage and gaining confidence.