Drums, YES, but so much more!

Skills Addressed

The TRAP program has been successful in addressing cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities. Through customized exercises, the program teaches and enhances skills such as:

  • Focus
  • Memory
  • Socialization
  • Sequencing
  • Sign Language
  • Laterality
  • Motor control
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Communication
Drum lessons




Each lesson combines four senses

  • Visual – you see the lesson
  • Tactile – you feel the instrument
  • Auditory – you hear the lesson read out loud
  • Speech – you speak the lesson

How it works

The Students:

The TRAP curriculum was explicitly created as a learning resource for individuals with Intellectual Differences and their typical peers.

The Teachers:

The TRAP class is typically instructed by a teacher, support staff, or other facilitator, including parents who have received training.

The Curriculum:

The TRAP curriculum has dozens of lessons for various ability levels. It can be customized based on those levels and goals.

Lessons include:

Little children playing with drums
  • Counting
  • Colors
  • Sequencing
  • Arithmetic
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Shapes
  • and much more! 

The program package includes the curriculum book/ebook, instruments, and training. Once the package is purchased and the facilitators are trained, the organization or home is free to use and adapt the program to its specific needs.

TRAP Philosophy

Group teaching occurs in an environment that is supportive, cooperative, and fun, and members naturally develop confidence and a positive self-image. The behavioral process is one of the most significant aspects of The Rhythmic Arts Project. Our main purpose is to have fun and to learn. However, it is important to remember that learning requires high expectations, structure, and reinforcement.

Our students are all unique in their strengths and weaknesses. No matter an individual’s ability level, we expect them to participate actively in a class. Those who understand and perform the more advanced concepts can become model ‘teachers’ or ‘aides’ during a particular activity. Not everyone will fully engage in all the exercises. Some of our students may not have full use of their hands to grasp or the full range of motion to strike a drum. In this case, adapted equipment is used if possible or we can play the instrument or voice the responses for them, everybody participates. It is important to remember not to get discouraged if active participation does not occur immediately. The most important thing is to always expect more from your students; never tell us what they can’t do; concentrate on what they can.

Percussive Learning

The Rhythmic Arts Project lessons include hundreds of ideas compiled over nearly 26 years with therapists, doctors, teachers, administrators, experts in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and their typical peers. The methodology is simplistic when followed chronologically and with guidance. The curriculum shows us how TRAP makes learning fun!

Eddie Tuduri,

The Rhythmic Arts Project is a non-profit 501(C)(3) company. We honor and celebrate diversity, regardless of disability, religion, race, creed, or ethnicity.