1 2018

Using Drumming in the Community: A Workshop with Elmore Lawson (MJEC, JFM)

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

Beth Israel Center 1406 Mound Street
Madison, WI


This experiential workshop is an opportunity to learn how to incorporate drumming into groups of people as a means of building community and connection among students, creating prayerful experiences, and using positive energy with the group. Participants will learn how to participate in a drum circle by using rhythms, chants, call and response, and solo phrases. They will then explore how to work as a group and listen to each other to create music. This workshop is valuable for anyone who wants to use these skills and experiences in their communities. Drums will be provided.

Elmore Lawson was born and raised in the Philippines in a small island called Batang. He moved to the United States with his family and stumbled upon a drum circle when he lived in Chicago. He experienced the power of community in the drum circle and was immediately transformed from that day on. Elmore moved to Madison 12 years ago and started a community drum circle. He facilitates drum circles throughout Wisconsin, at schools, libraries and community centers. 


Sponsored by the Madison Jewish Educators’ Council (MJEC) with generous support from the Jewish Federation of Madison. The Madison Jewish Educators’ Council, is comprised of the education directors of Temple Beth El, Beth Israel Center, and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, along with the directors of Gan Hayeled Preschool and Midrasha Hebrew High School. 

Future Workshops

  • Using Improvisation in Your Community with Dan Jacobsohn - March 4
  • Using Storytelling in Your Community with Marilyn Price - April 15