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Jackie Law

It is my pleasure to watch The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) starting in so many classrooms throughout our county as well as across continents. Many happy children and adults are now experiencing the pleasures of rhythm based education thanks to TRAP.

It begins in the preschools where the program taches “ready to learn” skills such as listening and turn taking. Moving into the upper grades TRAP covers several Common Core State Standards (CCSS) such as comprehension, phonemic awareness and pre-requisite algebra skills. At all levels the students gain skills in math and reading and find their own rhythm. Music is embedded in the program so students also learn what a musical note is, how to keep a beat, and so much more.......all provided through hands-on lessons using multiple teaching modalities. Effective instruction is built into this very special program.

Thank you for helping bring TRAP to our students.

Jackie Law,
Special Education Director, Ojai USD / Trap Board Member


The Rhythmic Arts Project has enriched the lives of my student’s. The level of student engagement has greatly increased and they are very focused on their drumming. The self-regulation component of TRAP is a skill my students will benefit from throughout their lives. Starting and stopping on cue and eyes focusing on the leader as well as low, just right and high body levels are strategies that are showing improvement with our drumming sessions. My students are receiving the needed extra sensory input from the extra auditory and physical sensations of their music. With the TRAP Program you can teach students most skills from developing learning to learn skills to equations. My students especially enjoy the challenges of patterns, signing colors, learning phone numbers and addresses. The greatest effect of this program is the excitement and elation my students feel before, during, and after their Rhythmic Arts lesson. The source of this joy can be accredited to multiple aspects of the Rhythmic Arts Project including its environment of inclusion and celebration, along with Eddie and his easy going positive spirit. The TRAP program fosters an environment that allows each of my students to express themselves with their own individual style of percussion. This in turn permits each student to feel like a “star” during drumming and dance solos that are immediately followed by peer praise. Denise Pannell, MS Triton Academy
Denise Pannell
Ventura County Board of Education