About Kalani

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Kalani, DCM Trainer

Kalani, Director of Training and Certification

Kalani is a multi-percussionist, music educator, and music therapist with over 30 years of professional experience in a variety of fields. His personable, down-to-earth, and humorous style of teaching inspires students to enjoy life though community music making as they help others realize their goals and dreams.

Kalani has received numerous awards for his work and presents workshops and seminars for the International Music Products Association (NAMM), The Percussive Arts Society, The National Association of Music Educators (MENC), The American Orff-Schulwerk Association, The American Music Therapy Association, The American Music Conference, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy Foundation), and numerous other state and regional music education organizations. He was recently voted "World Percussionist of the Year" by the readers of DRUM! magazine.

Kalani is the co-author of Music Makers, the first National Music Program for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is Co-Director of the World Rhythms! Arts Program, which preserves and promotes music, dance and cross-cultural appreciation through educational resources and experiences. (drum2dance.com) He is a featured percussionist on soundtracks and recordings for Disney, Warner Brothers, Tri-Star, Paramount, The Nature Company and Jim Hensen Records. Kalani has performed and/or recorded with such music legends as Kenny Loggins, David Sanborn, Max Roach, Barry Manilow, Vic Damone, John Mayall, Chante Moore, Dr. John, Suzanne Ciani, Melissa Manchester, and is the featured percussionist on the Yanni Live at the Acropolis video and CD. He also provides percussion recording services through worldpercussiontracks.com

He has released three CDs of original music, Pangea, Insights, and his new release, Rhythm Spirit. He has written nine multi-media books for Alfred Publishing including the award-winning Together in Rhythm, The Amazing Jamnasium, All About Congas, All About Bongos, All About Jembe, All About Hand Percussion, Recorders in Rhythm, and the acclaimed, West African Drum and Dance. Kalani has written and produced more than 15 instructional videos and currently offers online educational resources through DCMU and workshoplive.com.

Kalani has designed drums for KMC Music Corp. as well as a series of Recreational Drumming Products for the Vic Firth Corporation. Kalani is a certified Orff-Schulwerk Music Educator and Music Therapist. He is co-founder of Music Therapy Drumming, a percussion curriculum for music therapists. He is also a certified Laughter Yoga professional and integrates laughter into his work as a teacher and therapist.  Find out more at Kalani's web site.