- Dickson Mounds, Lewistown
Ms. Paula Helle will be facilitating a drum circle for youth and young at heart, emphasizing the community of drumming and how it relates to the "rhythm of life" in society at large. Isolating beats, syncopation, improvisation, accompaniment vs. solo performance will be addressed as well. Participants may enjoy making their own instrument to use during the program.
There will be a limited number of drums and rhythm instruments available for use. Participants are encouraged to bring their own hand drum, bongos or rhythm instruments if they have them, but it is not necessary as there will be singing and body rhythms incorporated into the activities. Kids may enjoy making their own instruments to use as part of the program and to take home.
Paula Helle is a Fulton County native who is currently in her 31st year of serving as a public school educator. For the past 18 years she has worked for District 205 in Galesburg where she serves as the high school choral director. In addition, she has also taught world drumming and class piano. Ms. Helle is active in Historical Ellisville Restoration Organization (H.E.R.O.) where she founded the Spoon River Rascals Theatre Troupe, a youth musical theater organization that has been performing at the Ellisville Opera House since 2003.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Recommended for kids 5 years old and up with adult. This program is sponsored by the Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds and the Fulton County Arts Council, which is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.