Philly Drum Project and The Village of Arts and

Humanities present Rhythm Sessions:

a free after-school drumset program


Now accepting applications through September 28th! Students in

grades 7 - 12 are invited to click here to apply!


Friday, October 2nd - Friday, December 11th

The Village of Arts & Humanities

2544 Germantown Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19133


Philly Drum Project is pleased to present Rhythm Sessions, a free 10 week drumset course for middle and high school students, in partnership with The Village of Arts & Humanities. Each Friday after school, students will receive expert instruction on a variety of musical styles and genres from University of the Arts drum faculty member Marcus Myers and a number of guest artists. The program is designed to teach the foundational rhythms of a variety of musical styles and genres and their application to the drumset for live performance as well as contemporary music production. The goals of the program are to inspire a passion for music education with a focus on Philly-prominent popular music styles,  to support students through social skill development such as leadership, teamwork, and self efficacy, and to provide an arts-based learning experience that has tangible applications to varying careers and jobs in music.


Guest teaching artists throughout the program will feature music industry professionals including Tre Lambert (Meek Mill, Tye Tribbett), Chuck Treece (McRad, G. Love) and Spanky McCurdy (Lady Gaga, Jill Scott, Timbaland), teaching rhythms and beats that span genres such as jazz, hip hop, funk, pop, etc. Music Production at The Village is headed by instructor and artist mentor Dan "Dilemma" Thomas (Jazmine Sullivan, Meek Mill, Migos).


Less experienced students will benefit from additional support from Rhythm Sessions Youth Mentors, older students with 5 or more years of drum experience. Youth Mentors will learn valuable leadership skills while acting as a resource for students to develop musical skills and life skills.


Students in grades 7 – 12 are invited to apply via the online application here until September 29th, 2015. Accepted students will be notified by September 30th. Students with 5 or more years of drum experience are invited to apply as a Youth Mentor and make a note of that on the application.



Rhythm Sessions is part of Re-Drum, Philly Drum Project’s drum donation program where community centers receive access to drums and instructors to serve youth in the community. The drums and gear used in the Rhythm Sessions program have been generously  provided by The Philadelphia Freedom Band, Juston Stens, Evans Drumheads, TRX Cymbals, Zildjian Cymbals, GO Vintage Drum Shop, and a number of Philly Drum Project members, and were refurbished under the direction of Matt Gaither of Gaither Drums.


The Village of Arts & Humanities (The Village) is a multifaceted arts organization dedicated to community revitalization through the arts.

Thanks to Brad Almond for graphics and Scott Davis for coding.