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Vice Principal, Educator - High School

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What is your greatest passion and how have you been able to develop and sustain it?

I am curious about when people developed a long standing passion and what caused them to become inspired by the topic/activity. Did you discover it on your own or was it the result of the modelling of others. Is there greater motivation to act primarily for self improvement or for the betterment of others?


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    Sep 1 2011: My passion and my love is to share my joy in rhythm-making with a great many people and in many contexts. I am a Drum Circle Facilitator who came to drumming rather later in life than most others in this field. I was a Classical Pianist/Teacher for 30 years and then just as I turned 50 I was playing soccer and tried a "header" which lead to a stoke and the slow loss of my steady income from teaching/playing piano. After a capricious purchase of Congas, I went on-line and discovered "Facilitated Drum Circles" and after a 30 minute conversation with one of the leaders in the field, fell in love with the idea. After a 2nd stroke and brain surgery - I've dived full-on into the world of Drum Circles and now it is a very busy full-time gig.

    What had been in the beginning a solitary pursuit has in the last year become more collaborative as I've just partnered with a Conflict Transformation specialist in Boston and we have our first client retreat in 15 days. I'm also now partnering with a Teen Counselor and a Symphonic Education Specialist (of a major world class orchestra - who everybody knows of!) to bring drumming to those populations and the communities that they serve.

    Far more than teaching piano, I've discovered that thru Rhythm, people become easily freed from the strictures of their daily lives and allow me to support them as they explore dimensions of themselves that they often didn't know they had. AND they have SO MUCH FUN in the process.

    Using African Drums, percussion instruments, song and movement I lead drumming events in schools, libraries, hospitals, at weddings, parties, conferences, meetings.

    I've found that in the process of embracing a major and potentially life-debilitating illness and accident, it was very easy to release the pain of what I thought was a loss of a major path in my life. Drum Circles is now my full-time passion and life.

    In the process I've recovered 110% from both strokes AND the Brain Surgery.

    Thank you for asking!
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      Sep 1 2011: Fellow rhythm section mate!!! I play electric bass.... happy that you are in the world and providing this "heart beat" of love for the community!!! GOOD ON YOU!

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