Youth Drum and Dance

Youth Drum and Dance

Kids ages 5-10 (and their adults!) are invited on a 12-week journey through drumming and dancing traditions of the world. Dr. Shawn Roberts will lead the class in rhythms, drumming techniques, and dances from cultures across the globe. No musical experience is necessary - just come ready to learn, move, play, and have fun!

Program Information

  • Age: Ages 5-10 and adult family members
    • Adult family members are encouraged to join! Each adult family member should be registered separately. 
  • No experience necessary. New and previous participants are welcome.
  • Instructor: Dr. Shawn Roberts
  • Price: Regular price is $250, but need-based scholarship options can be selected in registration (partial or full scholarships).
    • See  "Payment and Self-Selected Scholarships" below to learn more. 
  • Location: Broyhill Music Center Room 225
  • Times: 5:30-6:15pm on Wednesdays. Class will meet 10 times from February 15 through May 3 (no class on March 15 or April 12).
  • Youth Drum and Dance will use the Hayes School of Music's class set of drums and percussion instruments.

Meet Our Staff 

Dr. Shawn Roberts, Instructor
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Shawn Roberts is an active and eclectic performer, serving as Principal Percussionist with the American Prize-winning Western Piedmont Symphony since 2010, accompaniment for the Appalachian State University Dance Department, and active percussionist with the Hickory Choral Society, Piedmont Chamber Singers, NC Brass Band, and da Capo Brass. Notable performances include the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Lotus Blossom World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana, and Director of the West Virginia University Steel Band during the induction of Ellie Mannette into the Percussive Arts Hall of Fame. Dr. Roberts founded World Wide Productions in 2005, overseeing various musical and artistic endeavors, including Eya! Afrolachian Drum and Dance Troupe performing and teaching traditional music and dance from a variety of countries across the African continent, the Caribbean and Middle East.

In addition to performance, Dr. Roberts is passionate about community programs. He conducts numerous workshops in schools both public and private, has served as a scholar and coordinator for Mapping the Beat, a program under the aegis of Arts Bridge America and funded by National Geographic, partnered with Upward Bound, Gear Up, and the Western Youth Network in creating music programs for underprivileged youth, and residencies with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) serving academically gifted children across North Carolina.

He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from West Virginia University where he focused on non-Western percussion while maintaining performance in Western traditions. He holds an MM in Percussion Performance and a BM in Music Education, both from Appalachian State University. Dr. Roberts currently teaches humanities courses at both Caldwell Community College and Appalachian State University, as well as private and group instruction through the ASU Community Music School.

Register Here!

Before registering, please read the Community Music School's Musician Handbook and COVID-19 Policies.

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  • If you do not have an Iris account, you will need to create one (tutorial here). 
  • If asked for a code, enter YouthDrumSpring23
  • An adult will need to complete the registration. To register another student or adult in your family, click “Create Additional Registration”

Permission Forms

  • For musicians under 18, a parent/guardian will need to fill out the Youth Form online before the first class. 
  • All participants (and parents/guardians), please come a few minutes early to the first class to fill out the Media Form. We will provide blank copies. You can preview the Media Form here.

Connect with CMS!

  • Have questions about Iris? Katie Jensen (jensenke3@appstate.edu, 828-262-6568) can help with the registration forms.
  • For questions about our programs, contact us at asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu or (828) 262-6629.

Payment and Scholarships

Offering this program costs the Community Music School $250 per participant. Depending on the program, our expenses include faculty, assistants, staff/administration, facilities, instruments, music, books, supplies, and more. 

We are still testing a model in which participants can select need-based scholarships for group classes on the honor system. By selecting a scholarship amount according to your needs, you can help us sustain this program!

In registration, you will be able to select from the following options. At this time, no waiting or approval is required to select one of these group program scholarships. 

  • Pay $250 - Regular Class Tuition
  • Pay $150 - Receive a need-based scholarship of $100.
  • Pay $75 - Receive a need-based scholarship of $175.
  • Pay $25 - Receive a need-based scholarship of $225. 

Full scholarships are available upon request after beginning the registration form.

To help us continue our self-selected scholarship program, all registrants selecting scholarships (other than regular price) will be asked to include a message we can share with our donors or in our publicity: How have the self-selected scholarship options been important to you or your child’s experience with music?”

(Submissions will not be linked to you or your child when shared.)