yari drumming


Yari Mander is a gifted music educator with a patient, supportive, professional teaching style honed over more than 15 years working with children and adults. He is also a professional drummer who has performed onstage with Joan Baez, Gamelan X, Reverend Michael Beckwith, Agape Choir and many other artists.

His instruction is informed by Orff Schulwerk, an approach to music education emphasizing community music making, in which he is certified. He has trained with master teachers in Ghana, West Africa and amazing musicians in Brazil, Cuba and Bali. Yari’s musical travels led him to discover that rhythm is universal way to connect people, transcending culture and language.

He has taught professional workshops and facilitated rhythm events at San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, Oakland Unified School District, Association of Independent Schools, Oakland Mile Project and many more.

Yari’s mission is to facilitate joyful, active and transformational musical experiences for diverse individuals and communities. He enjoys guiding groups to greater levels of connection, confidence, unity and teamwork through making music together.

Everyone has a heartbeat and everyone has rhythm. Lets Play!