Rhythm for Youth enables you to facilitate extraordinary rhythm programs.
Lesson plans, instructional videos, and weekend-long training sessions provide professional support for your success.
Improvisation games and world percussion lessons give your students opportunities to be creative, collaborate, and develop leadership skills.
Our mission is to strengthen the social-emotional health of the new generation with cooperative group drumming events.
Welcome to curriculum and materials for you to facilitate Rhythm for Youth.


Wow! What a phenomenal weekend! Lucas and Cameron are pure genius!
~ Abby GreenBull, Founder and Principal Facilitator at Pulse Play Circles

“Absolutely fantastic Rhythm for Youth training this weekend! Lucas Coffey and Cameron Tummel created a space for all of us to feel safe to learn, grow, teach, and facilitate, and the content was delivered in a clear, actionable format. I will definitely go out and use this material. ”
~ Richard Flank, Project Manager YOUCAN Youth Services Edmonton

“As a direct result of Rhythm For Youth, in one year I went from being too nervous to do much, to facilitating weekly circles solo and becoming director of our Drum Program. Cameron and Lucas create a very safe, encouraging, and stimulating workshop environment to take risks and try new things. Phenomenal classroom management and group dynamic work! Even though the RFY weekends are dedicated to drum circles with youth, the content is applicable for facilitating rhythm with any population. Absolutely invaluable to watch Lucas and Cameron facilitate a full circle, and show us the skills we would later be learning! Rhythm for Youth gave me the tools and encouragement I needed to actually get in and start learning the magic of well-facilitated rhythm circles.”
~ Zoe Say, Program Director YYC Campus Ministry Calgary


Noon – 3:30 PM: Drum Circle Demonstrations at local elementary school, Q and A
5:30 – 9:00 PM: Registration, Intro to Rhythm Circle Facilitation

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: World Percussion Ensemble, Facilitation Practice
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Improvisation, Facilitation Practice

9:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Rhythmic Meditation, Softer Sounds, Facilitation Practice
1:45 – 3:00 PM: Building A Meaningful Program, Closing Circle
4:00 – 6:00 Community Drum Circle
7:00 – 9:00 Dinner (optional)

Highlights: Learn essential skills for facilitating rhythm-based events. Enjoy making music with hand drums, hand percussion, body percussion, vocals, Boomwhackers, and other rhythmic instruments. Practice facilitating, and receive personalized feedback from experienced instructors in a supportive learning environment. Learn hand drumming patterns and games to play with your group, and strategies for implementing your program. Observe Lucas and Cameron co-facilitating drum circles with students at a local school. Drum together all weekend, including the Community Drum Circle. Plenty of percussion instruments provided, personal percussion instruments welcome.

Recommended for classroom teachers, drum circle facilitators, music therapists, music teachers, social workers – anyone working to empower youth to connect, play, and thrive.

Curriculum: Learn rhythms and games for for improvised music, world percussion ensemble, and social-emotional wellness. Content can be organized into unique lesson plans or adapted to your existing program. Receive lesson plans for games and rhythms. Numerous opportunities to practice the exercises. Weekend-long training session gives you tools and confidence to create your own extraordinary rhythm program.

Meals and accommodations not included. Contact info for local restaurants and accommodations available.


California, March 2 – 4
REMO Music Center 28101 Industry Drive, Valencia, CA, USA 91355

Alberta, May 4 – 6
YOUCAN Youth Services 11124 130 St NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5M 0J2

British Columbia, June 8 – 10
Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus Harbour Centre 149 West Hastings Street Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6B 5K3

Ontario, August 24 – 26
100 Bain Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada M4K 1E8

Rhythm for Youth Canada
Lucas Coffey
Edmonton, Alberta

Facilitator and trainer Lucas Coffey is the executive director for sold-out artist-in-residence “Rhythm Rhythm Rhythm” drumming program in Alberta, Canada, and has facilitated rhythm events for more than 20,000 youth in schools throughout North America. Lucas participated in DCFG Conference 2011, is a graduate of Village Music Circles’ Hawaii Playshop 2015, is professionally endorsed by Remo, and organizes numerous rhythm-based workshops for his Edmonton community annually. Lucas was recently in a five-year-long apprenticeship with Cameron Tummel, resulting in the co-creation of Rhythm for Youth, a training curriculum that enables teachers and facilitators to implement meaningful rhythm programs. More information about Lucas Coffey and Rhythm For Youth at www.rhythmrhythmrhythm.com.


Rhythm for Youth USA
Cameron Tummel
Ventura, California

Cameron Tummel facilitates collaboration and creativity through the medium of African drumming. Tummel has an MFA in World Percussion from California Institute of the Arts, is Executive Director of Rhythm for Youth USA, and Executive Director Curriculum Development and Facilitator Training for DrumBus. Cameron is a Village Music Circles Certified Drum Circle Facilitation Trainer, and President of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild. Tummel is the creator of the Fundamental Djembe series of play-along instructional recordings, and Cameron’s YouTube channel features djembe performances, facilitation of rhythm events, surfing the Czech Republic, a tala recitation, and eyebrow wiggling. Music, blogs, and client list at www.camerontummel.com.