3-Part Keith Terry Rhythm Studio Series

Saturday, January 14, 21, 28, 10 - 11:30 am

3-Part Keith Terry Rhythm Studio Series
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Drums and Percussion, Rhythm Skills, Body Percussion
Day Sat
Instructor Keith Terry
Status online event

3-Part Rhythm Studio Series Series

with Keith Terry




Keith Terry offers a series of three online workshops.Take any one of them individually or all as a series. 


Tuition: $115 for 3-part series, or $45 per session


Session One: Introduction to Body Music

Saturday, January 14, 10 – 11:30 am 


The workshop focuses on Keith’s popular Body Music Rhythm Blocks, a way to map and organize the sounds of the body through clapping, slapping, snapping, stepping, and vocalizing. Construct, deconstruct and reconstruct the Rhythm Blocks in infinite variations as you learn to play them in many fun and practical ways. For all levels.


Session Two: Groove in 5 and 7

Saturday, January 21, 10 – 11:30 am 


Using body music as our vehicle, we’ll explore ways to play in 5/4 and 7/4 in comfortable, natural, and grooving ways that don’t feel “odd.”


Session Three: Polymeters and Crosspulses

January 28, 10 – 11:30 am


Enjoy hemiola with that 3 over 2 feel? We can use the same concept to play 4 over 3, 5 over 3, 5 over 4, 7 over 3, and others. Keith will show you his simple technique incorporating polymeters to find the crosspulses of any two or more numbers. Embody it, Play it, Incorporate it.


All of the sessions are hands-on, and no instruments are needed. We’ll step, clap and vocalize simple patterns and rhythmic games to internalize these tools, which enhance the development of time and timing, phrasing, listening skills, independence, coordination, and ensemble awareness. This knowledge can then be applied to musical instruments, the voice, and other vehicles of expression, in composition and improvisation. Useful resources for musicians, dancers and movers of all kinds, actors, DJs, beat-makers, and film editors. 


Join Keith to deepen your skills and broaden your rhythmic horizons.


About Keith Terry


Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm-dancer/educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades. As a soloist, he has appeared in such settings as Lincoln Center, Bumbershoot, NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI’s The World, the Vienna International Dance Festival, and the Paradiso van Slag World Drum Festival in Amsterdam. His groups – Slammin All-Body Band, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, Professor Terry’s Circus Band Extraordinaire, and Body Tjak (with I Wayan Dibia) – have performed in a variety of venues, including Joe’s Pub, WNYC, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NY); Grand Performances, LACMA Jazz, the Roxy, and the Skirball Center (LA); SFJazz, Vancouver Island MusicFest, and the Bali Arts Festival. In addition, Keith has performed with a wide range of artists, including Charles “Honi” Coles, Turtle Island Quartet, Jovino Santos Neto, Barbatuques, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, KeKeÇa, Kenny Endo, Freddie Hubbard, Tex Williams, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin. 


As a producer, he has released over a dozen CDs, DVDs, and books on Crosspulse Media. Keith tours extensively in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, where his Body Music performances, workshops, residencies, and choreographic commissions are popular among professional performers and educators. He has taught at universities, conservatories, schools, and studios worldwide, including a five-year position in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.


Keith Terry is the founding Artistic Director of the International Body Music Festival (IBMF). Launched in 2008, this annual, six-day festival explores the language of body music from culture to culture and has been produced in the US, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, France, and Ghana; plus MiniFests in Greece, Italy, Brazil, and Canada. In 2010 Keith directed and performed in IBMF’s “Americas” concert for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York. In 2018 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Percuaction Global Percussion Network. Keith is a Guggenheim Fellow and an Asian Cultural Council Fellow, as well as the Founding Director of Crosspulse, a 44-year-old Oakland, CA-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and performance of rhythm-based intercultural music and dance. More details at www.crosspulse.com.