Our trademark residency balances “Group Improvised Music” & “World Percussion Ensemble” to create a rich rhythm experience for students. We use African inspired percussion ensemble to illuminate the ways that community, leadership and music were practiced in the past. We use group improvising principles to build leadership and community capacity now, and in the future.

Students will learn and practice:

  • A world percussion song
  • Full World Percussion Ensemble song (Grades 4-12)
  • West African percussion concepts
  • Drum and percussion techniques
  • 3 major principles of improvised music
  • Different forms of non-verbal collaboration
  • A variety ways to connect to rhythm
  • How to build a group improvised song

Each of the students will participate in 3-5 sessions and build towards an inclusive celebration for up to 200 people. This is a participatory celebration, everyone who attends will have an instrument!

Is this residency a fit for us?

This is a GREAT residency for an introduction to rhythm. If your students have not had exposure to rhythm, this balance will be a well-rounded intro.

What others are saying

 “This drumming residence was nothing short of spectacular!  Our school is an inclusive site, with many students who have complex behaviour and emotional needs, but Lucas didn’t miss a beat.  He was able to not only manage the students, but bring out the best in even the most hesitant of students.  I would not hesitate to recommend this drumming residence to any school and any age group, from kinders to adult!” 

Carla Stolte (Music Teacher) – Mt. Royal School



This residency will go deep into the “Four Principles of Improv Drum Circles” developed by Lucas over the last 10 years. Students will learn to Connect to rhythmCreate their own, Collaborate with others, and Contribute to the whole.  Each one of our sessions will explore the musical elements of improv and the social components that make them come to life. Each student will learn how to make choices that are of service to a vibrant drum circle and collaborative school community.
In this residency:
  • I will come and do a session with a class, admin & parent council to get to know your school community
  • Specialized programming for interactions classes
  • 7-10 Sessions
  • Learn & Perform rhythm ensembles
  • Community drum circle finale
  • Cost: $800/day plus $800 for finale

Is this a fit for our school?:

This residency is for a school that values creativity, problem solving, social intelligence, and independent learners. It is recommended that they’ve had previous rhythm experience with a teacher or past residency; this will ensure the students get the most of the residency. 




While you are busy keeping students safe through physical distancing, we have been busy creating fun new ways for them to socially connect. Check out our online streaming options, equipment options, and what others are saying about our new online residencies. We also included a reminder about our program objectives and curriculum links.


School wide live stream
To begin the day, we will have an optional school-wide rhythm demonstration that is accessible
to all classes and age groups.

Grade wide live streams
To teach our grade appropriate body percussion/found sound ensemble we will break the
students into Kindergarten/Grade 1, 2-3, 4-6 & 7-9.

Class specific live streams
To teach improvised music and creative music making we will live stream with individual classes
to play interactive rhythm games and explore improvised music.

Home school live streams
We will offer an optional home school live stream to include students who have opted to learn
from home this year.

Pre-recorded content
Each grade level will have pre recorded rhythms and games to use at a time that works for the
classroom teachers.

Equipment Options

Stationary Body Percussion: rhythms and games have been modified to be taught to forward
facing class-sized groups via body percussion and movement. This can be done in a standing
or sitting position.

Pencil, book, & desk jam: dozens of hand drums and small percussion from all over the world
follow a three-note system that we teach with a pencil, book, and desk. When students are able
to share equipment again, these skills will be easily transferable.

Box jam: to replace shared hand drums you will have the option of having students create
individual “box drums” that will stay at the students desks for the duration of the residency and
something that the homeschoolers can continue to use..

Drums: for schools that have the capacity to keep a set of drums stationary and the ability to sanitize between classes. For local schools we have additional sets of drums for multi class set-ups.


“This is the second time Lucas has done a residency at our school, the first one was in person and this most recent one was virtually due to the pandemic.  I was not sure how effective it would be virtually however after the first day, I was blown away!  Having Lucas work with us virtually was still such an empowering experience for our school. His passion for drumming is so contagious and his ability to connect and create community is truly magical!  The students were so engaged and were able to develop their rhythm, drumming and improvisational skills all in a positive and fun atmosphere. Students reported feeling calm, positive, happy and energetic.  It is an incredible virtual experience worth exploring for your school or organization.. During this extraordinary time in our world, this drumming residency helped create a positive atmosphere and allowed us the opportunity to do something together as a school community.”

Vivianne Kruhlak (Music Teacher)- Northmount School 

“Lucas provided fun, musical and culturally enriched sessions that engaged our students, staff and parents. He was flexible in adapting his program to our school’s needs and brought an amazing energy into our building, despite having to lead us virtually. I highly recommend bringing Lucas into your school or organization. You will walk away feeling energized, centered and happy!”

Ian Edington (Grade ⅘ Teacher)- Northmount School

“Lucas is amazing! He tunes into the students needs and is flexible with anything. He includes all of our friends even if he can not see them. I had one student make his family drive him to school after missing the bus because he had to be here for drumming. It was a highlight of their day and week! Thank you Thank you!”

Alicia Day (Interactions Teacher)- Northmount School

Curriculum Links (Alberta only)


• Skill: Listening: identify like and unlike patterns in music
• Skill: Moving: improvise movement for high-low, loud-soft, short-long, slow-fast
• Skill: Moving: (1) mime animals, machines and other sounds
• Skill: Playing Instruments: (4) echo rhythm patterns
• Skill: Playing instruments (5): accompany singing with appropriate body percussion and
• movement (beat, accent, rhythm patterns) and transfer these to the instruments
• Skill: Playing Instruments (6): play rhythm instruments correctly Physical Education:
• Skill: Moving: (13) use planned body movements to illustrate rhythmic and/or melodic
• Skill – Moving (10): perform rhythmic patterns in music
• Skill – Playing Instruments (10): play rhythmic ostinato patterns to accompany songs

Health and Life Skills

• Relationship Choices (R-1.8): The student will examine how personal behaviour and
attitudes can influence the feelings and actions of others; e.g. inviting others to join.
• Life Learning Choices (L-2.5): the student will recognize, acknowledge and respect that
individuals have similar and different interests, strengths and skills
• Relationship choices: (R-3.6): the student will demonstrate inclusive behaviour
regardless of individual differences or circumstances
• Life Learning Choices: (L-5.2): the student will affirm personal skill development
• Relationship choices (R-5.9): the student will explore respectful communication
strategies that foster group/team development; e.g., encourage participation of all group

Physical Education

• Basic Skills: Locomotor (A6-1): select, perform and refine challenging locomotor
sequences Games
• (A3-11): demonstrate the ability to work together with a teammate/team to achieve a
common activity goal while playing and learning the basic strategies of lead-up games
Basic Skills: Locomotor:
• (A1-1) perform locomotor activities through a variety of activities
• Application of Basic Skills in Dance (A2-9): perform simple movement sequences by
using elements of body and space awareness and relationships, alone and with others










“It was amazing to watch Lucas facilitate each circle with the power of his drum. His high, positive energy
and skills in using the drum to lead each group made the experience enjoyable for each participant.”
~ Kerri Kenwell, Music Teacher, Graminia School