BERKELEY HEIGHTS - Wharton Music Center (WMC) announces new drumming classes fascilitated by drumming workshop and education presenters Wood’n Drums on Sundays beginning September 27 at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

Pathways to Drumming for ages 4-7 meets 10:30-11:00 a.m. for 15 weeks. Tuition for Pathways to Drumming is $250. Drumming for Families for ages 6+ meets 11:00-11:45 a.m. for 15 weeks. Tuition for Drumming for Families is $400 for up to 4 family members and $250 for individual adults. To register for drumming classes or to view the complete WMC course listing, go to www.whartonmusiccenter.org or call 908-790-0700 for more information.

Wood’n Drums is run by owner Mark Wood, a certified drum therapist through Drums and Disabilities with years of experience leading drumming workshops and interactive presentations. Comfortable with audiences of various skill levels, Wood, who is known for his down-to-earth style that puts people at ease, facilitates drumming experiences that create a sense of community and unity. As an instructor, Wood hopes to spread the word about the djembe and benefits of group drumming.

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"I'd like to see more people experience the benefits of African drumming," Wood says. "When that happens, more people are able to connect, communicate and be part of their community. It’s my way of promoting unity through drumming."

Wood’n Drums has provided drumming experiences for schools, hospitals, and music therapy programs, including Hunterdon County ARC, Hope House of Dover, and the Carol Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Marie Palmeri, a Wood’n Drums instructor who has been drumming for over five years, will lead the drumming classes at WMC.

In addition to drumming classes, WMC offers several new courses on Sundays including Indian Dance for Kids, Yoga/Indian Dance Fusion for Adults, and Early Childhood Music classes. To find out more about Sunday classes at WMC, visit www.whartonmusiccenter.org or call 908-790-0700 for more information.

The Wharton Music Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serves 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WMC offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton Music Center is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WMC’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.