Stress relief and unity building are part of a global solution
Music is the harmonic connection between all human beings.
Movie, August Rush
One individual, one organization, one group, one corporation at a time – Solutions in Music offers motivational, interactive, team-building workshops that break down walls among colleagues, encourages unity and camaraderie, improves communication, and relieves stress. Through the universal language of music, and more specifically the spiritual, harmonizing nature of drumming, participants are inspired, and hope is created through humanity as drummers connect with fellow men and women.
An individual inspired is a human in Solution. Become part of the Solution!
A wide variety of percussion instruments provided. (30 - 100) participants - 1 - 3 hour
This is an excellent way to harness the energy and high spirits of your corporate employees, give them a sense of harmony within themselves, toward each other, and toward the organization. This creates well-being, reduced stress and enhances communications – all things that will make your company thrive.
I would recommend Stewart's program to any company that wants to do team-building, stress relief or as a way of introducing associates to each other. It is a GREAT experience; it is an AFORDABLE experience; and a CONVENIENT experience.
Paul Quintel, Chief Operating Officer, For Eyes Optical
Make your Company Thrive, one Drum Beat, one individual at a time!
A time to breath, a time to come together, a time to celebrate, a time to rejoice A time to heal; a time to believe, a time to refresh
Examples of Solutions
Motivational Forum for Corporate Employees
Using the rhythmic beat of the drum, and the interactive forum of audience participation, Willie Stewart creates an enlivened and inspired vibration that lifts the spirits of corporate participants, engages friendship among them and encourages relief and goodwill. This results in a motivated employee and human being, and a relaxed and confident drum player. Stewart has been linked as a motivational speaker with the use of drumming as the medium of choice to speak the language of synchronicity.
Unity Building in Corporations
Corporate Teams – breaks down walls and barriers; encourages open communication through fun, creativity and sound and dance. Participants come alive through interactive sequences and sharing, as Stewart goes through the motion of teaching them the history of reggae music, with an African, Caribbean and South American heart beat in music sounds and geography. Leadership is challenged, equality is in play as a variety of music genres are introduced.
Spirit Building in Corporations
Many corporations are acknowledging the power that having vitalized employees can bring, and directly contribute to the bottom line. An employee who is satisfied, who feels valued, and who sees that the strength of his spirit is a concern to his employer, will dedicate more of his focus to the good of the corporation. Working with others in a format that encourages strong camaraderie, goes a long way towards helping solve the stresses of every day life.
The teambuilding activity was one event conducted to strengthen the partnership between managers, our summer interns and their mentors. It really turned out to be the most memorable event of summer. Your enthusiasm alone sparked our attention, and your presentation kept our imagination alive. Your workshop was fun, creative, interactive and very unique.
Stephanie Sylvestre, Int'l Business Development Manager Western Union
American Express American Business Women's Association Florida Power and Light Western Union Adult & Community Educators of Florida For Eyes Optical Seminole Tribe The McGraw-Hill Companies Broward Center for the Performing Arts City of Miramar Miramar/Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce Johnson & Johnson WLRN PBS Pearson Distributors Community Foundation of Broward Jackson Memorial Hospital Broward Colleges, South, North & Central Nova Southeastern University Florida Memorial University Broward County Parks & Recreation Division City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department Broward County Libraries Division Dillard Center for the Arts
The feedback from the event was outstanding and it was definitely one of the best events that we have had at American Express. I personally found it to be a great stress reliever, team builder and diversity activity.
Lisa Cann, Communication Specialist American Express
HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH INTEGRITY, TRUST, MORALES AND DIGNITY ENERGIZE THE BASS LINE HOLDING A SOLID SOUND FOUNDATION CREATE AND IMPROVE A NEW SYMPHONY RAISE THE BAR OF PRODUCTIVITY INNOVATIVE IDEAS IN SYNCHRONICITY WITH THE HEART OF YOUR COMPANY COMMUNICATE IN CHORUS A CLEAR VISION FOR THE FUTURE CONTINUE SUCCESSS IN THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF COOPERATION, TOGETHERNESS, AND GOODWILL HOPE AND ONENESS DRUMMING AND DANCING LEADING THE WAY IN CELEBRATION WITH A REJUNINATIVED SPIRIT. HERE ARE THE SOLUTIONS TO KEEP YOUR COMPANY ON
"THE BEAT OF SUCCESS" KEEP YOUR VALUABLE WORKFORCE LAUGHING AND SMILING
Musically Speaking, WILLIE STEWART PRESIDENT SOLUTIONS IN MUSIC CORP.
Introduction to Percussion Workshops to students in schools, after-school programs, parks and recreation facilities and community centers.
Liberate Learning in Children
The "Liberate Learning through World Rhythm" workshop teaches skills that can be used by all students, teachers, principals and administration staff - not only music faculty and students, but all disciplines.
The educational goal of the program is to use rhythm as a tool to liberate overall learning skills through music and social skills from interactive, hands-on workshops that develop creativity and stimulate innovation. By increasing a sense of understanding and building higher critical thinking skills, the student's mind is challenged to 'think outside the box'.
Problem-solving and communication skills are engaged through a model of responsiveness which contributes significantly to spatial and intellectual development in the child. This nurtures self discipline and diligence - traits that lead to effective study work habits which ultimately lead to children who will become responsible productive adults.
The content is aligned with the Florida Sunshine State Educational Standards and can be adopted easily in any classroom situation to enhance student focus and listening skills. The content is relevant to all ages and the approach appeals to all cultural backgrounds.
Willie Stewart demonstrates that by utilizing easily acquired percussion instruments, a teacher can capture the attention and imagination of the individual student and enhance their leadership skills and the classroom group dynamic. Students learn by doing, therefore the teacher as leader will learn how to lead his/her student through the MIND/BODY/SOUND connection to focused learning and stress relief.
This workshop promotes focus and control and improves listening skills, increasing student concentration and attention span for better learning and promoting leadership qualities.
Teachers can develop a new rhythm to liberate learning through this unique technique. By appealing to the basic instinct within children to find their natural rhythm in things— for example, children are always tapping on the desks, books, chairs and tables to an imaginary sound in their heads—this workshop harnesses and incorporates what comes naturally to a child.
Recognizing that some students never learn through the conventional way of learning and noticing that they can remember, lyrics from songs, beats from ballads, teachers and parents are encouraged to embrace that zone. The discipline naturally created by this new interest allows them to have fun too!
Mathematics comes into play, as counting off the sound beats is required to move through the Rhythms
Geography is engaged as they learn the areas in the world, where the different instruments and sounds have originated.
History is channeled through the people who came and brought the music, the culture and movement with them.
Social Studies are applied as children learn about various cultures, music and interaction among different social spheres.
Interactive & inspirational. A wide variety of percussion instruments provided. (40 – 100 participants) - 1 - 3 hours; Extended Percussion workshop. 6 – 8 week. Learn African, Brazilian, Latin and Caribbean Rhythms.
Two workshops - "Introduction to Percussion" and "Rhythms around the World." These can be done for a Teacher's Training Day - learning how to teach children, for principals, retreats, lectures. Workshops are tailored for students of all ages. Impacting up to 500 students, the workshops can be broken out into - one day, 5 hours, 45 minute durations; 15 minute breaks and 100 children per duration.
A set of band directors surveyed spoke in general terms about the benefits of band education; they created a list of benefits: discipline, teamwork, coordination, development of skills, lifetime skills, accomplishments, cooperation, self-confidence, sense of belonging, responsibility, self expression, creativity, performance, companionship, builds character and personality, improves self esteem, social development and enjoyment.
The arts are a critical component of our educational programming, kindergarten through 12th grade. In the workshop, we saw students energized, excited and inspired to meet and learn from Willie Stewart. We are proud to participate in such a rewarding program that offers our students enriching and memorable educational experience.
Maureen Dinnen School Board of Broward County
An Event to Remember!
"Arts Inspire" – November 2009 Partnership of Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the School Board of Broward County, Parkway Middle School and Winston Park School – a one day workshop with performance at the end - 60 students drum to a Bob Marley beat as Jamaican Reggae Legend Willie Stewart guided them.
Students were first introduced to percussion instruments and their origins, using a wide variety of actual musical instruments from around the world. They then focused on musical concepts such as rhythm, timing and beat; tonality and harmony; performance techniques; and the role of percussive music forms in ritual and culture. The workshop ends with a recital by the students and guest artist, Willie Stewart.
This workshop was attended by many dignitaries in the Broward Arts Community, including members of the School Board of Broward County, members of the Consulate General of Jamaica and the Jamaican Tourist Board, Broward Cultural Division and dignitaries of Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
History of Reggae Music Workshop
Multimedia presentation and lecture on the evolution of this unique music from Jamaica that has had a profound worldwide influence. Taking participants through the evolution of Reggae Music in Jamaica, from Mento Music, SKA, Rock Steady, Reggae and Dance Hall, these 2 hour long, or longer sessions include live musical performances, videos, lectures and multi-media demonstrations. (30 – 100, participants best suited for lecture hall situation) – 2 hours or full day program. Recommended for universities and colleges and library, music and specialty forums.
Private Lessons - On the Beat Drum School
Private Lessons – With a Drumming Master
For Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced
Do you have a drum beat in you? Unexplored?
You know it's in there – maybe you see it in your child?
The heart of a drumbeat and the heart of a drummer make music together in talent, style, creativity and rhythm with On The Beat Drum School. Its mission: - to bring two heartbeats together in synchronicity.
You may have the next world drumming champion on your hands - within yourself, within your child, your spouse, or your sibling.
A chance to improve and develop your listening, coordination, rhythm, and musical skills while exploring the wide variety of rhythm styles, understanding the methods and technique behind them while having fun! You might want to play for your own enjoyment or for your church - Rock, Pop, Funk, Ballads, Latin R & B, Reggae, Soca or Jazz; or simply to jam with your friends. You might want to be a studio session drummer or want to take it to the competition level, a teacher or even a much-needed anti-stress hobby, or passion. Whatever the reason, On the Beat Drum School will meet your needs.
On The Beat Drum School opens an opportunity for your child, or yourself - to shine, be bold, explore sensitivities and musical proclivity. A child who has found their rhythm in a drum, will also find the rhythm in their life. Drumming teaches life skills from the inside out. Willie Stewart is a musical mentor, a friend, a life coach, a father of six, a husband and a businessman – not necessarily in that order of priority – but equally significant, none-the-less. He is a Teacher.
Stewart has been playing drums from the age of six. He began beating at that age on pots and pans and bed heads. He honed his own unique and signature style of playing drums and went on to play in numerous bands internationally, including creating 13 successful albums.
In 1981 he completed a three-year orchestral snare drum and drum-set course and was certified by Dr. Billy Moore, Studio of Percussion in LA. He completed the Instrumental Music Facilitator course with the Open College Network in the UK (OCN Level 3) by Access to Music, were he was certified and licensed as a workshop leader and music facilitator/educator.
Stewart studied Colin Woolway's Drumsense Teachers program in 1998 – 1999, and was a Drum Instructor & Percussion Instructor at Haling Manor High School and Drum Instructor for Sutton College of the Liberal Arts, both in the UK.
Using a unique blend of his own style and a combination of others, Stewart has written a successful drum course formula taking students from beginner through intermediate to advance. He teaches all styles of music from Rock, R & B, Pop, Jazz, Latin, Reggae Soca, Ballads and Reading Notation Skills. Willie Stewart is endorsed by Zildjian Cymbals and Remo Percussions
Private Lessons can be arranged by appointments in his state of the art " ON THE BEAT " drum studio. Find your rhythm in the art of drumming .
Special Discount offer of 50% off the first Drum lesson!
Profile of a Student
Congratulations to my student Danny Vendrell. Please see Danny practicing at "On The Beat Drum School" in the photo below.
Winner of the Prestigious 2010 International Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship
Drum classes with William "Willie" Stewart have changed my life!
Since I was ten, I have been meeting with him once a week, and learning from the wealth of knowledge that he is.
From the beginning, we worked on many different styles, genres, and perfected the many aspects of the modern drummer.
With the skills I have attained in my studies, I hope to go to a music college, something Willie has also helped me with tremendously.
From the professional recording session, to the one on one talks about life, Willie is an all around amazing drum teacher, and friend, who I actively recommend to whomever I can.
Who is Danny Vendrell?
At the age of ten, my family and I attended a church wide picnic. Somehow in the midst of laughter, bounce houses, and the aroma of hot dogs wafting through the air, I had managed to wander off into the chapel stage. There sat an electronic drum set. I sat down, and as I tinkered around with cymbals, snare, and bass drum pedal, I began to muse what it would be like to actually play the drums. At the time, and for my young ears, so far it seemed good to me.
A month later, I began a journey as a drum student to one of the most leading drummers of our time Willie Stewart. He played and recorded with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Eddy Grant Jammed on stage with Bob Marley And Santana and was the principal drummer and percussionist and recorded 13 hit albums for the 5 time Grammy nominated international group Third World Today, 6 years later, I am currently still under his teaching playing various genres of music including a myriad of multi-cultural styles.
I am humbled to have been awarded the Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship, and I plan to continue my college career in music. I endeavor to pursue a high quality of music education and training with an emphasis on performance, creativity, and research. My vision is to impact the lives and hearts of music enthusiasts in my community, and around the globe.
Rhythms of Africa - Music Around the World
Willie's Dream about the Children
After playing successfully with Third World for 23 years, Willie Stewart's desire to work with children and give back to the community, coupled with his expertise in the world of percussion instruments stirred a desire in his head and heart to help heal - the world! - with music. He is not alone.
I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside, give them a sense of pride, to make it easier. Let the children's laughter, remind us how we used to be.
-- Whitney Houston
Rhythms of Africa - a musical odyssey that creates a point of inspiration for children who have never played drums before, and leads them into the confidence to perform in a professional show.
Rhythms of Africa introduces the audience to an historical, geographical and musical litany through percussion drums, the sounds of children drumming in tandem along with talented world-renowned musicians, all coming together in style, sound, poetry and harmony.
One such event in February 2010, orchestrator and musician Willie Stewart introduced 60 plus novices to percussion through a build up of classes preceding the show - one hour every Monday for ten weeks at the Miramar Civic Center. These children would learn something about themselves they never knew – that they could play an instrument, in cohesive harmony with other members like themselves AND with worldly talented musicians.
The performance at the end was a prize to the children and a surprise to their parents; a gift to the audience; and a salute in memory of a journey that many made across an ocean to a new and challenging world.
Selected from the Early Childhood Program at Miramar and from the ASPIRA program, these 50 courageous little musicians were schooled to create a mixture of sounds and vibes through different ages, interests and hearts. Also, inspired and welcomed by professional musicians, these young protégés learnt intrinsically that big things are possible.
The result was a power-packed lecture, performance and concert that took the audience on a magical, musical journey from Africa, Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad and the U.S. The international sounds of the percussion brought a resonance through time and space in working towards unity, peace and harmony.
This evolution of music, history and the human soul offers a natural, melodious sound in celebration. Through history, the plight of humanity as it has been held in captivity and freed from captivity has always looked to music to calm, for mental and emotional survival and for release; and then, once free - to celebrate. Rhythms of Africa – Music Around the World is a Celebration!
"People could feel emotions, feel themselves, participate, forget about their worries of yesterday and realize how music can take you on a magical journey, and the healing sounds transform body, mind and soul. "This show is a full representation of everything that I do. It is a show, by the community, for the community; therein lays its power." "With excellence and style, it is a loving tribute to our ancestors and our culture. "To those who made that journey across the Atlantic... "We Salute You." -- Willie Stewart
The Rhythms of Africa-Music Around the World Program is a model example of an art program that successfully combines music skills training for youth and broad based, community-wide education. The Program is designed to teach youth introductory rhythmic musical skills and illustrate the journey of music from Africa and across the continents over several centuries. The performance was free to the community and the 800-seat theatre was packed. Over 300 people waiting in line had to be turned away.
The performance was also under the patronage of the Jamaican Consular General and sponsors included Costco and Air Jamaica. It was also shown internationally through online television broadcasting.
Grace Kewl-Durfey Broward Cultural Division
Long before the Civil Rights era and Harlem Renaissance, African civilization made great strides in academia and the arts. It was the mission of Rhythms of Africa – Music Around the World to show how African rhythms infused and influenced our lives as links for the past and the present, demonstrating how drums have gone beyond the Diaspora. Patrons experienced a cultural journey in the revolutionary influence of African rhythms embedded in other cultures throughout the world carried there by a people in their travels of slavery.
NBC News - Channel 6
West Africa –Nigeria - (pronounce: Funga Alafia) TALK Drum - Used for Communication
A Welcome Song
This joyful song from West Africa calls you to a land of warm-hearted people and natural beauty - a song of welcome, peace, and gratitude – a 'call and answer rhythm natural to this region.
West Africa - Griots of Ghana/Ivory Coast DJEMBE Drum – Used for Ceremony and Healing
Welcome Beat - Four part voice Rhythm – Gota Music A griot is a West African poet, praise singer, and wandering musician, considered a repository of oral tradition. Although they are popularly known as 'praise singers', griots may also use their vocal expertise for gossip, satire, or political comment.
East Africa - Tanzania NOGAMA Drum – The Dancing Drum
North Africa – Doumbek
The Doumbek African drum is a goblet or chalice shaped drum originating in North Africa. Belly Dance
A South Africa – The African Click
Clicks are speech sounds found as consonants in many languages of southern Africa, and in three languages of East Africa. Examples of these sounds familiar to English speakers are the tsk! tsk! (American English) or tut-tut (British English) used to express disapproval or pity, the tchick! used to spur on a horse, and the clip-clop! sound children make to imitate a horse trotting.
Brazil - Samba Pandeiro Drum and Surdo Drum – Heart Beat Instruments
Batucada – Road March - Brought by the Moors to Rio de Janeiro and became one of the largest carnivals in the world. Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin in 2/4 time danced under the Samba music. Portuguese also influenced in Brazil.
Cuban Clave Bongo and Congas
Clave is a Spanish word meaning 'code', 'key,' as in key to a mystery or puzzle, or 'keystone,' the wedge-shaped stone in the center of an arch that ties the other stones together. Clave is also the name of the patterns played on claves; two hardwood sticks used in Cuban music ensembles. A five-stroke clave pattern is the heart of Afro-Cuban music.
Jamaican Music Kete Repeater Drum
The music of Jamaica includes Jamaican folk music and many popular genres, and the journey from mento, revivalism ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall. Jamaica's music culture is a fusion of elements from the United States (rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul) and Africa. Reggae is especially popular through the international fame of Bob Marley. Jamaican music's influence on music styles in other countries includes the practice of toasting, which was brought to New York City and evolved into rapping. British genres such as Lovers rock and jungle music are influenced by Jamaican music
Trinidad – The Steel Pan and Calypso
Steel pans (also known as steel drums or pans, and sometimes collectively with musicians as a steel band) is a musical instrument and a form of music originating from Trinidad and Tobago. The pan is a pitched percussion instrument, tuned chromatically made from 55 gallon drums that usually store oil. Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music.
New Orleans – The Blues/Big Band Era/Swing Introduction to Snare
Snare drum was used in second line drumming in New Orleans for the after-celebration of funerals. The conventional drumset was introduced during the big-band swing era in the 1920's and 1930's. Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre created primarily within the African-American communities in the Deep South of the United States at the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.
Gospel music is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music.
Audiences may range in numbers from 300 – 2000 plus, depending on the venue. (Suitable for large indoor/outdoor venues, theaters & auditoriums) duration of shows are normally 90 minutes – 2 hours.
An Event To Remember!
On Saturday, February 27, 2010, more than 800 patrons experienced a cultural journey in the revolutionary influence of African rhythms embedded in other cultures throughout the world carried there by a people in their travels of slavery. In the first interpretation of this unique workshop and celebration, audiences experienced a musical journey. And found that Nigeria to Ghana, Ivory Coast, North Africa to Brazil, Cuba, New Orleans to Jamaica to Trinidad to Florida, the rigorous performances of the Cuban clave and the Brazilian samba, the brass bands of New Orleans and Griots of Ghana, the revolutionary and pulsating beat of the Caribbean all have one thing in common – DRUMS – and inherent rhythm.
City of Miramar dignitaries in attendance included: Mayor Lori C. Moseley, Vice Mayor Troy R. Samuels, Commissioner Winston F. Barnes, Commissioner Yvonne Garth, Commissioner Barbara Sharief.
This event was held under the distinguished patronage of Consul General of Jamaica Honorable Sandra Grant Griffin
The Musical Team
"I chose musicians of the heart," says Stewart
Carl McDonald – Vocals Sabrina Williams – Vocals Melissa Stokes – Spanish Vocals Nicole Yarling- Violin and Vocals Jesse Jones – Saxaphone George Goddard – Steel Pan Jaime Hinckson - Young Keyboard Player Steve Lashley – Bass Robert Johnson – Lead Guitar Miguel Russell – Congas/Bongos & Percussion The Tallawah Mento Band Nicholas Pairman – Dancer Miramar Percussion Orchestra and Little Angels- City of Miramar Early Childhood Program and ASPIRA Group
Air Jamaica ASPIRA All Graphic Designs Broward Cultural Division Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by Broward Cultural Council Cultural Foundation of Broward County Costco Don Parchment Photography Fernandez, Dr. DJ Fast Sign Grant – Eddy Grant - ICE Records (ICE removed as its own- added to Eddy Grant) Hilton Garden Inn Jamaica Tourist Board and Information Services Jamaican Consul General Lyons, John & Amanda Miramar Cultural Center Miramar and Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce Morrison, MD, Michelle A. Paradise Saloon Seaboard Marine Steady Image Unique Creations – Liz Burns