Do you think about music? Are you interested in music but haven’t played an instrument or taken a music course? Are you an experienced performer or composer? This is the music workshop series for you! Thinking about music takes many forms. It could mean performing and composing, or developing historical and cultural research into specific forms of music or using software to make or analyze music. Sponsored by the Department of Music, this series is open to all and offers the campus community different models for thinking about and doing music. Paired with the Music Department Tea Time (which takes place at 4:30 p.m. and immediately follows the workshop), the workshop series is an exciting, low-pressure way of expanding your understanding of music.
Drummer and percussionist Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has taught at the Drummers Collective in New York, the New England Conservatory in Boston and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He currently plays at Earthdance for Contact Improvisation Jams, and he also plays with many movement/dance formats.
Bob is co-author of two important percussion books, Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset with Duduka da Fonseca (Alfred Music). He holds a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Lesley University, where he taught a course in the Expressive Therapies program titled “Community and Therapeutic Applications of Drumming.” He also recently co-taught a course entitled "Arts Entrepreneurship" via Bachelor Degree Independent Concentration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bob currently teaches percussion and drumming to music students in the Five College Consortium, as well as privately. Bob also has a particular interest in depth psychology (Jungian studies) and contemplative practices (meditation, tai chi/qi gong) and how they apply to the arts and improvisation.