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Mobile Music Program for Youth in Remote Areas

Shontal Klose

Since her return from 7 months rhythm training in Ghana (Africa) in 1999, Shon has performed in several bands in Melbourne (SAFARA, Beatwise, Circle Makers, Carino Son), performed at major festivals including Woodford, and facilitated multiple rhythm workshops in and around Melbourne. These workshops ranged from team building sessions with government and corporate  agencies, prison sessions with ‘Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company ‘ at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre high security facility, disability groups, mental health groups, and the homeless. Shon has also taken her drums on tour to outback areas for the School of the Air in Northern Flinders Rangers towns of Leigh Creek and Copley, Yunta and Port Augusta.

Shon was invited to work in Alice Springs in October 2007. Since then she has worked extensively with indigenous youth in the central desert region. Projects include; CAAMA Music (M.A.D for Life Project – Ikuntji, Willowra, Areonga, Aputula-Finke and Ampilatwatja ), Drum Atweme, (Alice Springs), CAYLUS (Ampilatwatja, Alpurrurulam, Kintore)  NPY Women’s Council (Amata , Ernabella, Fregon and Indulkana, Mimili), RedHot Arts, The Alice Desert Festival, Mission Australia (Mutitjulu, Imanpa, Docker River and Aputula-Finke), the now highly acclaimed Ltyentye Apurte Drummers at L.A.C.E.C in Santa Teresa and Marree Aboriginal School. Work with these organizations has included teaching rhythm in remote schools, running after school and holiday programs as well as creating dynamic rhythm ensembles within the Alice Springs community.

In addition to her extensive experience, Shon Klose has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (Provider No. 5818, Taskforce Community Agency Inc. Vic.) and is also a Certified Drumbeat Facilitator.

Outcomes of rhythmic skills, performances, fun, joy, resilience, commitment, extended concentration span and empowerment for the participants are Shon’s ultimate goals. Shon’s philosophical approach is articulated in Journey into Rhythm.