Let loose and play at weekly hand-drumming class


By Paul Roberts

Special to The PREVIEW

Join musician and music therapist Paul Roberts for a free hand-drumming class at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at noon.

The class offers a welcoming environment that encourages fun, creativity, playfulness and connecting with others.

Performing thousands of concerts in elementary schools, I have been fortunate to combine my love for music with my love for children. Engaging children in a musical experience is like floating in a sailboat above the clouds — sheer bliss.

Children are immediately responsive to music. Music makes a child’s day more fun, alive and interesting. It increases their receptivity to learning, enhances their intelligence, motor skills, and mental and physical health.

Children have an enormous capacity to be expressive. They have the ability to do something quite remarkable: play. Their wondrous world of play is full of joy, imagination, spontaneity, improvisation and creative self-expression. In this regard, children have much to teach adults.

The inner child of the adult waits for the right opportunity to emerge. The adult’s childlike side is eager to let loose and enter a playful zone. It’s delightful to see adults and children drumming together. Drumming offers a creative release for all ages and skill levels, from toddlers to seniors, neophytes to professional percussionists.

Soaring on the wings of inspiration, the Pagosa Springs drumming class has held 16 sessions and is going strong. Newcomers are welcome to join the fun.

For more information about the hand-drumming class, email banjocrazy@centurytel.net or call 731-3117. The Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave.