Rhythm Ambassadors School Programs
Rhythm Ambassadors is your single, centralized source for music education, cultural awareness, community building, and entertainment for Pacific Northwest area schools, offering school assembly, artist-in-residence, and after-school programs to fit even the tightest school budgets.
What We Do
Rhythm Ambassadors’ mission is to act as cultural emissaries for students of all ages and communities by facilitating historical and cultural awareness through the language of music and dance. History and culture come alive in an environment where participants feel connected and inspired. Programs are presented in English or Spanish, and are tailored in a format that is compatible for school assemblies, classrooms, after-school activities, cultural awareness events, and more.
Why We Do It
Music is the universal language. We all respond to music with emotion and movement. And it is precisely because music elicits such a strong response that it is the perfect medium for bringing greater cultural and historical awareness to young audiences.
What Are the Results
Our programs are designed with culturally responsive education systems in mind, and have been shown to have many positive “side effects,” including:
- Breaking down cultural barriers;
- Creating harmony, unity, and cooperation through team building;
- Building confidence through improved spontaneity and innovation;
- Opening up the musical ear; and,
- Providing a great source of entertainment and fun!
Arts Education Statement of Support
“The Arts are an essential part of public education. From dance and music to theatre and the visual arts, the Arts give children a unique means of expression, capturing their passions and emotions, and allowing them to explore new ideas, subject matter, and cultures. They bring us joy in every aspect of our lives.
Arts education not only enhances students’ understanding of the world around them, but it also broadens their perspective on traditional academics. The Arts give us the creativity to express ourselves, while challenging our intellect. The Arts integrate life and learning for all students, and are integral in the development of the whole person.
The Arts communicate and speak to us in ways that teach literacy and enhance our lives. We must continue to find a place for arts programs and partnerships not only for what it teaches students about art, but for what it teaches us all about the world we live in.”
Dr. Terry Bergeson, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction (November, 2001)
Powerful Learning through the Arts
As the advocacy project of award-winning, documentary filmmakers Brian Quist and Karen Hirsch and the Seattle Arts Education Consortium, Powerful Learning through the Arts speaks to the tremendous impact of arts learning – an aesthetic, dynamic body of work that invites us to take risks, think critically, trust uncertainty, imagine possibilities and persist. Arturo Rodriguez is a featured educator in this video, and appears at the 12:00 minute mark.
Rhythm Ambassador Programs
Program Duration: 45-90 minutes
Audience Size: Limited only by facility capacity
Description: Rhythm Ambassadors specializes in presenting interactive assemblies and workshops. Our programs show the influences of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, West African music and dance on American Rock, Pop, Jazz and Hip Hop. During our assembly programs, we demonstrate the complexity and diversity of these cultures using the tools of traditional music and dance and demonstrating there relationship to modern music. The presentation is flexible and customizable, and includes but is not limited to:
- Cuban salsa, bembé, rumba, and comparsa
- Puerto Rican bomba
- Brazilian samba and capoeira
- Trinidadian steel pan
Program Duration: Varies according to your needs
Audience Size: Up to 35
Description: Rhythm Ambassadors’ Artist-in-Residency program provides educators an exciting opportunity to integrate music with specific curricular areas, such as social studies, history, language arts, and music. An artist-in-residence can provide a spark for non-traditional learners by encouraging creativity and originality through a wide range of teaching styles. Residencies also provide public education institutions with an outlet to meet state educational requirements for arts and humanities, such as Washington State’s Arts Essential Academic Learning Requirements.
Program Duration: 45-90 minutes
Audience Size: Up to 40 students
Description: We can custom tailor short or long focused workshops to be presented in smaller classroom settings. For example, in a social studies, history, language arts classes and band room. We can present an interactive performance with discussion of the African diaspora, its impact on Afro-Latin music and culture, and its downstream effect on contemporary music genres. In a music classroom, we can teach students the theory and method of these musical genres, tracing their roots back to Africa, the Middle East, India, and Europe.
Program Duration: 45-90 minutes
Audience Size: Up to 50 students
Description: This is a hands on program where kids learn immediately how to play music together. We use interactive body percussion, games and eventually learn more complex music concepts. We bring enough drums and percussion instruments for all the students.
Arturo Rodriguez – one of the best performances we have ever had at our school. Arturo Rodriguez is amazing! His interaction with the students was so engaging. Arturo shared his passion for music and enthusiasm was contagious! Our students and staff members are still talking about Arturo and his performance at our school. Thank you Arturo!Julie Wysong
Thank you so much for coming to our school. We absolutely loved seeing and hearing the different percussion instruments you brought, and enjoyed your performance. It was a great show with a good balance of fun listening songs, audience participation, and the DANCING! I was a little self conscious to get up there and dance with the other teachers, but it ended up being a lot of fun! The kids really seemed to enjoy the dancing part too…watching us and them dancing as well! Thanks for a sharing your music and dancing with us!Carrie Benedict
My students LOVED the music you brought to our school! As a teacher, I noticed all of my students engaged and participating during the whole assembly. One of my students was listening so closely that they said, “Mrs. Aguilar, I can FEEL the music!” It was a beautiful quote, was the exact vibe I was feeling, and we wanted to thank you for sharing your music with us! This was, hands down, the BEST assembly ever!Sondra Aguilar
We loved having you and the Rhythm Ambassadors at Phantom Lake Elementary! The students loved hearing music, watching the dance, and they especially loved seeing their teachers get up and dance too! Thanks for sharing beautiful music from around the world with our school.
Interested in taking private, group, or Skype drum and percussion lessons from Arturo? Would you like his Rhythm Ambassadors group to bring cultural awareness through music to your school assembly or artist-in-residence program? How about live music or DJ services for a party, wedding, or other special event? Use the convenient form below to contact Arturo with your needs. Or, if you prefer, you can call Arturo at (206) 276-6401 or email him at any of the addresses below.