yari drumming


Lead teacher/instructor Yari Mander is a credentialed teacher and a veteran, gifted educator. He facilitates kids rhythm playshops in a variety of settings, including schools, congregations, family camps, home school groups, private homes and birthday parties.

A kids rhythm playshop is a guided drumming jam session for all ages. In these playshops, kids and familes will:

  • Have fun playing a variety of drums and percussion instruments
  • Enjoy a variety of fun and active rhythm games, songs and movement.
  • Learn basic drum technique and world rhythms.
  • Learn musical skills, such as drumming, listening, ensemble playing, dynamics and more.
  • Make new friends and experience connection through sharing rhythm together.

Yari has multiple subject and music teaching credentials, is certified in Orff Schulwerk and has taught music for more than 15 years. He was the music teacher at Live Oak School and Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco, and EnCompass Academy and Walden School in the East Bay. He is currently a music teacher in several public schools in the Oakland Unified School District, and coaches teachers in music integration through the MILE project.