Gateway to the Arts
6101 Penn Avenue, Suite 301
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

telephone 412.362.6982
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Jeff Berman

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Jeff Berman's residencies range from developing rhythm ensembles and improvisation skills with existing school bands to creating bucket-drumming ensembles with community groups to developing language skills with pre-K students by focusing on the relationship between the rhythm of language and the rhythm of music. He uses historical and cultural connections to encourage engagement and personal relevance to the process, while emphasizing active listening to develop individual and group artistry. Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and recording artist whose genre-bending collaborations reflect his global musical vision.

Maximum # of students:



Space for instruments and some movement, where drumming/music won't disturb others. Can work with existing band instruments or improvise.

Minimum sequential workshops:





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    On January 22, Gateway to the Arts’ Western PA Wolf Trap program presented a series of professional development workshops as part of Pittsburgh Publics Schools’ Early Childhood/Early Intervention in-service day.

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