Free Drum Workshop for Kids in Brooklyn, NY

Music is My First Language (MiMFL), a provider of free music education for under-served students, announces its next free music education workshop with world renowned drummer & educator Swiss Chris. Entitled “The Journey of Rhythm: From Africa to NYC”, this electrifying workshop experience will guide students through an important cultural exploration.

New York, NY, December 07, 2013 --( Beginning on the West Coast of Africa, Swiss Chris will lead students from the origins of rhythm and follow it’s journey to Haiti and Brazil, up through New Orleans, ultimately landing in the cultural melting pot of NYC. Participants will explore cultural history, the mental & physical aspects of drumming, basic stickings, official Swiss Chris warm up, basic poly-rhythms and more. This workshop is part of the first phase of an exciting musical program that will help kids from the age of 9 through 17 who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to experience a sustainable approach to music learning beyond the school system.

Educational programs are being rolled out in New York, San Francisco, Dallas / Fort Worth and London to start, with rapid expansions to other influential music cities across the globe. This is your chance to get involved at the beginning of something beautiful!

Swiss Chris’ workshop takes place at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn on the 15th December 2013. Additional workshops are being planned across the NY Metropolitan Area. Workshops will be followed up with public school sessions and individual scholarships for private music lessons.

Parents interested in registering their child for this workshop can do so at

About Music is My First Language
Music Is My First Language (MiMFL) is dedicated to inspire positive social change through sustainable music education and empowerment programs to benefit the social-economic and musically disenfranchised.

About Swiss Chris
Drummer/Musical Director/Educator Swiss Chris has performed and toured with drummer for John Legend, Gloria Gaynor, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Sir Elton John, Estelle, Wyclef Jean and more. He is an in demand, first call session call/music director. His book Modern Drum Set Stickings is number 1 on the Amazon Best Seller list and nominated for Best Educational Book in the 2014 Modern Drummer Reader Poll Award. Swiss Chris is also featured in the Modern Drummer Magazine December 2013 issue.

About Shapeshifter Labs
ShapeShifter Lab is a 4,200 square foot performance space in Park Slope; this newly renovated performance space hosts the world’s most innovative artists who are looking for a flexible platform to present their work.

Notes for editors
Request for interviews and images from:

Ray Archie CEO (NY) 212 363 0363
John Ousby, President (DFW) 214 606 7169
Music is My First Language
Ray Archie