- School Assembly/Family Programs/All Ages
- Award winning teaching artist
- Program connects to history, geography, world cultures, and technology in addition to music
- Tom shares his extensive world travel and collaborations as Cultural Envoy
- Experience instruments from all corners of the world; from ancient to futuristic
- Extensive use of technology
- Interactive participation with audience
- Connections to math, science, geography and history
- Perfect for school assemblies, family concerts, outdoor festivals, and international culture programs
Tom Teasley is an award-winning multidimensional sound artist specializing in ancient and futuristic percussion from around the world combined with American Jazz. He is a past Drummie Awardee for Best World Percussionist. He has been awarded several Helen Hayes Awards and Nominations for his work with live theater. In addition, he is the recipient for numerous Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) World Music Awards. His free-thinking approach has provided the opportunity for numerous tours abroad as a cultural envoy for the US Department of State. These include historic performances to Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, China, South Korea, and many others. It is through these tours; collaborating with master indigenous musicians, as well as teaching that form the basis for his passion of sharing the universal language of music.
His educational activities are vast and are intended to reach almost all possible recipients. These include national and international festivals, conservatories and universities, high school, and elementary students. A short list of places Tom has presented include Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, China Conservatory, Korea Institute of the Arts, Muscat Festival (Oman), PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) and many others. In addition, he has shared his passion at hundreds of elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the world.
Recently Tom has included community building, and special needs programming to his web of recipients. He has organized and implemented community drumming and rhythmic events for community centers, senior citizens, special needs groups and more. He has presented many virtual sessions where he demonstrates his eclectic approach to music, often touching on the power of music as a diplomatic tool. Included in these sessions are participatory exercises as well as videos and pictures with accompanying back-story on his travels. Tom has recently become interested in the power of music and rhythm in “sound healing” and has collaborated with Yoga, and Yoga Nidra sessions. In addition, he has created sound design and music for guided meditation and stand-alone sound meditation. Frequently he combines several possible offerings into one session and residencies.
The basis of Tom’s work is to combine many, often ancient, disparate world cultures of music, and its functional use with American Jazz concepts. American Jazz has often been considered a therapeutic music among its practitioners and recipients. The goal is to create an offering that is at once innovative, universal, functional, and familiar. Often these ancient traditions are combined with current use of technology such as digital looping which allows Tom to create virtual ensembles in a live performance. Tom has served on the faculty of American University, Levine School of Music (where he chaired the percussion program for 10 years) and University of District of Columbia. He currently serves on the board “Interactive Drumming Committee” of The Percussive Arts Society. In addition, he teaches virtual lessons throughout the country and internationally.
I want to thank you for supporting the drum workshop and performance by Tom Teasley Music LLC at Legacy International’s Global Youth Village this summer. Participants establish friendships with people from cultures vastly different from their own. In 2016, approximately 50% of the youth came from North America and the balance from Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Poland, Spain, and Somalia.
Tom's workshop and performance introduced teens to percussion. We noticed an increase in afternoon drumming circles after Tom's events. Thank you for the materials on your products and shakers you sent.
Tom talked about percussion practices globally, inspired young people to try techniques and got everyone moving. In addition, Tom demonstrates a long-term commitment to cross-cultural understanding and education and knows how to inspire young people. He is extremely creative and his dynamism, positive energy draws all students in and makes them feel safe and comfortable. With more instruments all the students could get a chance to find their inner drummer. - Mary Helmig, Legacy International - Global Youth Village