Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Saragail Benjamin

GROUP DRUMMING—Play the beat of your heart, feel the heartbeat of the world 
CREATIVE WRITING—Let the words flow
NEST eligible

GROUP DRUMMING—Saragail has hundreds of drums to share—every audience member gets a percussion instrument to play. World rhythms, in-the-moment music-making, drum songs & games build creative spirit & community. Customized programs for diverse groups:

  • SCHOOLS & CAMPS—Arts Enrichment & Character Education. Programs support emotional and social learning; National Core Arts Standards--Creating, Presenting, Repsonding, Connecting; 21st Century Skills--the 4 C's--Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity; Curriculum--Language Arts and Social Studies.  Kids drum, sing, and learn!
  • CORPORATE TEAMBUILDING & LEADERSHIP DVELOPMENT. What does an office have to do with a drum circle? Everything! In both places, things work out better when everyone is on the same page/beat. When everyone listens and communicates clearly. When each voice/drum is heard, everyone contributing value. In the corporate drum circle, play alternates with discussion. Participants share insights, make connections. Learning grows exponentially.
  • WELLNESS, RENEWAL, STRESS REDUCTION. Research has proven what everyone knows--playing music helps you feel better. Saragail drums with people dealing with cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, grief, garden variety burnout, and more. She's always amazed to see how, whatever the challenge, drumming helps the human spirit soar.
  • CELEBRATION. Play! Fun! Yay! Holidays, Birthdays, Happy Tuesdays! Any happy occasion.

CREATIVE WRITING—Published author, produced & published songwriter & musical theater writer, Saragail Benjamin, breaks the creative writing process into easy-to-grasp, easy-to-follow steps. Write a story! A song! Find your inner writer & let your spirit sing.

This is just a taste of programs Saragail offers. Visit her website to learn more. For a free sample: Saragail's Playalong App, a music video with a free playalong, drum-along app.

Performer, published and produced children's novelist, composer & lyricist, Saragail has drummed with thousands of people nationwide. See her bio to learn more. Formerly headquartered in the NY metro area, she loves being in northern VT (since 2016).

Saragail's fees are determined by location of event, number of participants, size and type of organization.  (Consideration given to not-for-profits) Block booking discounts available. Please contact Saragail for more pricing information.

 

Additional Links: 
Follow me on Instagram! @SaragailB
My DEEP DOWN music video with free streaming play-along app benefits kids with cancer & anyone dealing with a challenge.
A non-profit accepting tax deductible donations for DEEP DOWN Playalong App. All donations benefit kids with cancer.
Big kids love to drum!
Little kids love to drum!
Corporate giant Reckitt-Benckiser welcomes employees to new North American headquarters with a BIG BANG drumming celebration!
I wrote music, lyrics, & libretto for this 10-minute long musical. Here's a short segment from the Michale Koppy production at the Climate Theater, San Francisco.

I Have Worked With

  • March 2018

    Interactive group drumming workshops presented at 3 public schools in the Burlington, VT area.  Singing, movement, rhythm games & stories from around the world. Everybody got a drum, everybody played. 

  • March 2018

    Interactive program for kids & their families--how to celebrate Passover.  Incorporated singing, instrument play, crafts.

  • February 2018

    Group drumming Saturday night celebration for University of VT college students in one of their residential halls.  Everybody got a drum, everybody played.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Saragail
Job Title/Position: 
Musician, writer, composer, group drumming facilitator
Physical Address: 
Winooski, VT 05404
Last Name: 
Benjamin
Phone: 
(802) 489-5841; (914) 500-7157

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - Literature
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Music - General
Music - Children's
Music - Composition
Music - Ethnic / World
Theater - Musical
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1990
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
100
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Society for Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators
Education: 
BA Sarah Lawrence College
Teambuilding at Cornell School of Labor and Industrial Relations
Long term member of Lehman Engel-BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop
Awards: 
N/A

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
I love to include everyone in my drumming programs.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
A space where we won't bother anyone when we drum--drumming is NOISY!
Access to an electrical outlet
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,650
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
5

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - English as a Second Language
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Music
Theater
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors