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Kalani's musical contributions go way beyond performing: he has produced over 15 instructional videos for a variety of instruments including congas, bongos, djembe, hand percussion and drumset. He has authored books on djembe, congas and bongos (Alfred Music Publishing.) He founded Drumlesson.com, an educational web site for students that has been featured in both the New York Times and on CNN Live. He is the director of Drum Camp, a summer program that offers classes in a variety of drumming traditions (drumcamp.com). Kalani has designed drums as well as educational and recreational music programs for the Kaman Music Corporation (Toca/LP) and is one of Toca's primary percussion clinicians (tocapercussion.com). He has won awards from DRUM! Magazine in many areas including; Rock/Pop Percussion, World Percussion, Percussion Clinician and Drum Circle Facilitation. He is currently named by Drum Magazine's "Drummie's Readers Poll" as Drum Circle Facilitator of the year, Percussion Clinician of the year and has won Runner-Up honors as Worldbeat Percussionist. He is the Chairman of the Percussive Arts Society's Recreational Drumming Committee and Percussion Education Coordinator for Peripole-Bergerault educational Instruments (Peripole Percussion by Toca.) Kalani travels all over the world to present workshops, programs and drum circles at conferences, music stores, educational institutions and festivals. His university appearances include University of Southern California, California State University-Northridge , University of Missouri-Kansas City, Central Missouri State University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Akron, University of Kentucky and Louisiana State University, and was a featured clinician at the Taipei Percussion Institute, The International Percussion Festival (Belgium), The World Rhythm Festival (Seattle) and several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Northridge and Orff-Schulwerk training at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Kalani has taught Elementary School music classes in the LAUSD through the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Partnership in Education program.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; Pap/DVD edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073903510X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739035108
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bill Matney on July 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Kalani has been prolific in his media works. Communicating important concepts on many percussion instruments in the past, he has now created a concisely eloquent manual on group music making. Of the three popularly accepted books on drum circle facilitation, this was the last one I read. While I enjoy all three books, I personally believe that this book is the best organized, best communicated, and most engaging of the three. Kalani communicates his ideas with clarity, using a "less words say more" approach. Sequentially speaking, Together in Rhythm begins with the important descriptive and philosophical underpinnings of the Drum Circle Music approach. The book then offers an introduction to the "mechanics" of facilitation and rhythm games, and then the logistics of creating group events, be they for training and development, music education, general community, or wellness. The book continues with an instrument guide, and ends with many appendix resources.

There are two things in my mind that stand out in this book that are part of what separates it from the other books out there. First, during the well-thought out sequence, Kalani consistently returns to his concise underpinnings in order to elaborate important points throughout the book. This contributes to the books overall organization and ease of use. Second, Kalani has developed a facilitation notation system called Drum Circle Music Iconography. The symbols are easy to use, and offer an invaluable tool for creation of musical sequences, and more importantly, analysis of our facilitation skills through visual representation and recollection.

As if that weren't enough (and no, I don't have Kalani's gift for concise speaking ; ) )

The book also comes with a DVD.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Heffner on August 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am grateful to Berry Bernstein for introducing me to drum circles at a Music Therapy Conference in Nashville. That was around 15 years ago. This is the book (and DVD) that I have been looking for ever since. A very practical methodology; good activities and concepts, excellent DVD with examples, and plenty of resources with which to expand. If I could have only one resource, this would be it. It presents so well the how, what, and why of drum circle facilitation. I am looking forward to receiving the companion volume, Jamnasium. Thanks Kalani!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Marcionetti on June 7, 2005
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Kalani has done it again! An excellent resource for the music facilitator, classroom teacher, or music therapist. Kalani breaks down the skills needed to facilitate successful music experiences and lays the techniques out in a clear and easy to follow format. His DCMI innovation is a great way to communicate ideas for drumcircle facilitation. I highly recommend this resource for the beginner all the way to the seasoned pro in music facilitation. This book is chock full of helpful tips to get you out there to help others find their rhythm. AND you have to see the DVD that is included. An eyes on approach that lets you see the facilitation in action with a true community drumcircle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Parker on July 7, 2006
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Percussionist/Drum Circle Facilitator "Kalani" has created the ultimate owner's manual for beginning drum circle facilitators. The operative word here is "comprehensive;" Kalani's well-conceived approach is thoroughly explained throughout this 102 page text. Beginning with the first chapter ("What is a Drum Circle"), the reader is given a guided tour covering all aspects of this popular activity, including Kalani's philosophy, techniques, recommended games and activities, instrument guide, etc. The accompanying DVD (included) reinforces the book material and shows Kalani facilitating a circle and being interviewed.

Although other types of drum circles are discussed (community, training and development, and health & wellness), Kalani's specialty is the educational drum circle, and along with its companion book, "The Amazing Jamnasium," (64 pgs., with CD), "Together in Rhythm" will be a boon to classroom teachers. His system of symbols and notation, which he calls Drum Circle Music Iconography, the many suggested musical games, and the accessibility of percussion instruments should help to make this activity user-friendly for even the youngest participants.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pete Ellison on May 16, 2005
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If you are looking for an easy to read "how to" get started with creating your own drum circles book, "Together in Rhythm: A Facilitator's Guide to Drum Circle Music" fits the bill. The material in the book is easy to follow and the included DVD helps to re-enforce the concepts presented. In addition to the material that covers conducting a drum circle, the book also touches on practical business practices such as recommended instrumentation, drum circle set-up and what to do following a event. Over-all I feel this book is a must have for anyone interested in taking the plunge into the world of drum circle facilitation. Kudos to Kalani for creating such an excellent resource.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Albritton on June 4, 2005
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I love drum circles and this book provides everything you need to know to facilitate your own drum circle. I have taken the DCM Facilitation Training with Kalani, first in California for Level One and the next year in Florida for Level Two. The book is a detailed description of the training one receives. Excellent resource!
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