Mom, drummer, puppeteer helps kids, families find their rhythm
Cathy Kielar starting drumming more than a decade ago. Today, she offers regular drumming events at her Music Explorium in Durham.Posted — Updated
I caught up with Cathy Kielar a couple of months ago when she led a workshop that I attended with my six-year-old at the American Tobacco campus in Durham.
We had a great time learning all about African drums and how to make different sounds and rhythms with them. I also was struck by how much she clearly loves what she does.
Kielar tells me she loves the community aspect of it - getting kids, families and adults to create rhythms together. There also are plenty of benefits to regular drumming from strengthening focus and recall to building math skills.
"It's good for development for little brains and big ones," she tells me.
Music Explorium offers Second Saturday Family Rhythm Jams, which includes stories and puppets (Kielar also is a ventriloquist). They are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month. The next one is Aug. 13. The cost is $10 per family. They're designed for families with kids 3 and up.
She also offers kids drumming classes, birthday parties and puppet shows.