Bob Bloom / Every Kid Drums
About Bob Bloom / Every Kid Drums
ABOUT BOB BLOOM The 2023 - 2024 school year marks Bob's 12 years as a member of the Hartford Performs "Arts Provider" database. In 1997, Bob was certified as a â€œMaster Teaching Artistâ€ by The Connecticut Office of the Arts. His current resume lists his presentations of professional development workshops on leadership skills and methods for arts-integration activities for organizations and learning centers including: National Music Educators Association; New England League of Middle Schools; Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; Connecticut After School Network; University of Connecticut School of Music; Hartt School of Music; Southern Connecticut State University; Community Autism Resources; Connecticut Association for Therapeutic Recreation and Dance; Percussive Arts Society. Bob has completed certificate training programs on leadership skills for arts-integration activities for people with autism spectrum disorders: "The Seven Keys to Unlock Autism" presented by The Miracle Project at Brown University; "Autism Through the Life Span" presented by The Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior at The Omega Institute. His professional affiliations include: National Association for Music Education; New England Foundation for the Arts; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Bushnell Center for The Performing Arts- -"Partners In Education"; Connecticut Association for the Gifted; Connecticut Library Association; Connecticut After-School Network; Boards of Cooperative Education Services (New York State). He is certified as a "Level One Trainer" by the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. From 2007 to 2010, he served as chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world. For 18 years, Bob served as a Faculty Assistant to the late Dr. Babatunde Olatunji for his "Language of the Drums" courses at the Omega Institute. He performed as a drummer and singer in Olatunjiâ€™s legendary, African music and dance troupe, â€œDrums of Passionâ€ at venues including Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Washington Monument, and Jorgenson Hall for the Performing Arts.