Rhythm & Hambone

Your voice isn’t the only instrument you take with you everywhere. It’s important to remember that you can play a lot of wonderful rhythm through just claps, stomps and thigh slapping. Folks will learn new songs as we explore the fundamentals of rhythmic accompaniment through the use of body percussion. Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands are explored, giving singers a change to take part in call in response while everyone stomps and claps. 

Outcomes: Students strengthen their abilities to identify and physically express concepts including “downbeat,” “off beat,” “pulse” and “polyrhythm.” Through participatory activities, students have the way paved for rhythmic improvisation, creating inroads towards improv with instruments. Students celebrate the spontaneous nature of many forms of American music. 

Ages: 10 and older
Duration: 45 - 90 minutes
Instructors: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons