Join the magic of Michael Bayard's inspiring interactive and hands-on assemblies demonstrating percussion instruments from Africa, Mexico, South America, Asia, the Far East, Europe, and the U.S.A. In just one session your students will learn confidence, courage, and concentration, while discovering the basics of music notation and performance. Students of all ages will be given opportunities to actually play ethnic instruments and become part of an ensemble. Based on Mr. Bayard's symphony and world music expertise, this ensemble setting will encourage harmony and teamwork.


Rhythm Magic is much more than a lecture on music. It is an understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness, the diversity, and the complexity of multi-cultural peoples from a global musical perspective. Students will also begin to understand the relationship of music to math, science, language arts, and social studies. Michael Bayard's method of teaching is by example-without preaching. Yet his message is unmistakably clear: through music anyone can develop skills to express themselves with positive direction and purpose.

With just one period of fun, laughter, and intense musical performance and inter-action, Michael Bayard will inspire your students to admire and appreciate music from a world perspective, to study a musical instrument, or to practice harder if they are already musicians.

For Michael Bayard, "percussion is a way of life." Self-esteem through music is his way of encouraging youth to look to a future of hope, purpose, and direction.