Miriam Minkoff is a dancer and percussionist in the ensemble No Words Spoken, a music group comprising individuals with autism and staff from Autistic Services, Inc. She began teaching Dance to individuals with disabilities at People Inc. in 1983. She soon discovered that both clients and staff were more inspired to move when they made their own music. She began drumming with everyone at work, which developed into the percussion ensemble known as Beats Me.
Minkoff’s teaching style is based on the maxim, “If you can say it, you can play it.” She inspires everyone to join in her drumming circles with enthusiasm. Some of the rhythms Miriam teaches pre-date modern history and form the backbone of many contemporary forms of music. Her drum circles provide a sense of togetherness and focused attention that is both stimulating and relaxing.
Making Music with Miriam Minkoff
Students learn about the basic elements of music through traditional rhythms, based on the age-old concept, “if you can say it, you can play it.” They improvise and perform new compositions together, on a large variety of percussion instruments. Fosters a collaborative spirit while introducing students to musical concepts. Miriam creates an encouraging, playful, yet challenging environment where young people feel safe taking healthy risks making music together.
Cartage fee may apply (contact office for details).
This program can be tailored to suit an adult audience and is available as a professional development workshop.
Grade Level: Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit: 25
Workshop cost (back to back): $196.00