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Daniel Duggan - Rhythm Resource

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English
Contact Me: (604) 862-3740 , Email , Web

Daniel Duggan from Rhythm Resource is an expert percussionist with a B.Mus Honors degree in Jazz music, a successful session musician; working on TV, Radio, on stage in Theatres and other performance venues. He’s the author of handbooks and training materials for teachers, an experienced workshop facilitator and performer with years of professional success enthusing and infusing individuals and communities… Bringing people together; of all ages, stages and abilities through drumming is his passion. This was highlighted in June of 2016 when he became the original holder of the Official Guinness World Records for the “Largest Djembe Drumming Ensemble”. A NEW world record where over 700 elementary age students of all abilities, were led by Daniel to play one of his original compositions. He has a rich and varied background; his ancestors in West Africa were taken as slaves to the colonies before immigrating to the UK. Which gives him a rich heritage in West African drumming and the migration of this music and culture around the world. Having worked extensively in the Scottish education and community arena for over 15 years. He’s a recent resident of Canada and brings his passion for people & percussion with him and he’s continuing to rhythmically enhance communities throughout B.C. with his performing, team-building, training and educational percussion programs. His work overflows with his passion for percussion and people making it a vibrant success. Following graduation, he became a successful session musician; recording albums in studios, appearing on TV, touring with many bands, theatre shows, solo artists and many Jazz musicians. With a passion for percussion and a gift for performance and educating young people, he started a UK company called Infectious Grooves in 2000. Since that time Infectious Grooves has delivered many performances, facilitated 1000's of successful workshops and trained 100's of teachers, appeared on TV and Radio shows. Daniel is now resident in BC and brings his passion for percussion to Canada and his desire to inspire people here to "Release their Rhythm!"


This year, Daniel came into our school for a 2 week period as part of our school goal of helping to build a positive culture and climate. We wanted to do an inclusive school activity regardless of ability supported by the school, Community School Coordinator and Parent Advisory Council (PAC). For two weeks, twice a week for 50 minutes 2 classes at a time would go into our gym for drumming lessons. The students learned about the drumst where they originated from and their use. Daniel was well organized, knowledgeable and engaging. The students learned a drumming routine which was presented at a Celebration Sharing Day with parents on the last day of the workshop. It was truly amazing how this activity brought together our learning community. Before the students performed, Daniel asked them questions about the piece they were going to play (rhythm, country, drums, etc.). The knowledge the students retained and shared with the school about each piece was impressive. At one point there were close to 100 students performing the same routine at the same time. All the students were engaged during their workshop and they were excited and so proud to perform for each other staff and parents. This school wide activity helped to enhance our school culture and climate. It also stimulated the students' imaginations, innovation, creativity, and sense of well-being while developing competencies useful to their education and careers. We are looking forward to Daniel returning to our school in the New Year. This shared experience will again, help to strengthen our school culture and climate, while allowing our students to be creative, gaining competency with the instruments, and developing high-level thinking skills. Karen Catherwood, Principle, Ecole Qayqayt Elementary School.
I would like to write a letter of recommendation for Daniel Duggan of Rhythm Resource. Daniel worked with all my music classes last February and March, leading up to our Multicultural Celebration. He has also held evening sessions at the school, and is currently teaching an after school class for both students and their parents through our Community Services programme. Daniel is a consummate musician, but above that he is an excellent educator. I have taught music for 38 years and have seen many clinicians over the years. Daniel stands out as exceptional. He has a great sense of fun but keeps the students engaged and listening. He is able to get even the shyest to respond with joy. His lessons include many facets of the music curriculum. Each lesson is tailored well to the age group that he works with. By the end of our sessions together, the students were able to put on an amazing demonstration of all they had learned at an assembly. The students loved their time with Daniel and we hope to have him return soon. Daniel has that rare gift of excellent musicianship combined with classroom management and teaching skills. I recommend him without reservation. Barb Paul, Music Teacher, Lord Kelvin Elementary
I have the pleasure of writing this letter of recommendation for Daniel from Rhythm Resource. I teach Grade 5/6 at Bayview Elementary and have been teaching with the Vancouver School Board for 22 years. Daniel came to Bayview last year and taught a series of lessons to all our intermediate classes over a four week period which culminated into a school wide performance and a parent drop-in session. His 1 hour workshops were engaging, educational & fun! He is a talented teacher who adapted and modified lessons to fit the needs and interests of all students while sticking to our learning objectives. In addition to being a talented musician, Daniel also has excellent classroom management skills. I was always impressed with how well he was able to keep a room full of students aged 9-13 with drums on their finger tips interested and motivated. I personally watched how well he did with classroom management because I observed him teaching not just my class but other classes as well. He keeps the students engaged with a positive and fun yet clear and firm tone. His expectations are clear and because of it, students learned an incredible amount about drumming, musicality, and the history & culture of drumming. The assembly showcasing all the classes’ learning was amazing. Daniel led the entire assembly in a professional and organized way. Everyone commented on how much our intermediates had learned and how well they played the drums in front of the entire school. The parent drop-in session afterwards was well attended. Parents commented on how much they loved experiencing what their children had experienced over the previous weeks. In conclusion, I highly recommend Daniel and his Rhythm Resource Program. Ebru Montagano, Bayview Community School

Project Examples

African Drumming for Excellence

Drumming is at the core of African culture and in this project pupils will learn how to play untuned African Percussion, creating their own multiple rhythms in a physical fun way that enhances the memory retention and recall of educational information right across the curriculum. Using Djembe drums, Djun Djun drums, Bells & Shakers to create syllabic rhythms and create rhythmically enhanced stories, this is an innovative time-tested creative project that engages students of all ages and abilities.

Afro-Peruvian Percussion Playshop

Pupils will learn how to play untuned Afro-Peruvian Percussion, creating their own multiple rhythms in a physical fun way that enhances their creativity and confidence. Using Cajon Drums, Bells, Claves & Shakers to create syllabic rhythms and create rhythmically enhanced stories, this is an innovative time-tested creative project that engages students of all ages and abilities. The Cajon, is a relatively unknown drum, often called a “Drum Kit in a box” originates from Peru, and is steeped in a rich culture. Through this project, students actively engage in cultural history while learning new creative and musical skills on this versatile drum called the Cajon.

Beats from Brazil

The carnival atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro captured within the pulsating rhythms of Latin America. Secondary Students learn how to play multiple untuned Latin American percussion instruments to create interweaving polyrhythms and play ensemble breaks and fills. Teachers learn how to facilitate a percussion workshop and lead a Samba band. This project develops every participants timing and ensemble skills. Reinforces musical concepts- Ostinato, Dynamics (Cresendo, Diminuendo), note value and time signatures... Reinforces musicianship; listening, playing together, ensemble etiquette... Reinforces orchestral skills; following the conductor, interlocking rhythmic phrases, greater awareness of sectional divisions and how they work together as a whole. Universal musical skills and concepts are caught & taught in a physical, fun and memorable way, with lasting impact and application in the future.

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