Rhythm Kids Teachers

Rhythm Kids is comprised of highly professional, often silly, people who  are dedicated to helping children, educators, musicians and music programs discover music and drumming with our innovative approach to rhythmic education.

photo Tom Foote

Founder & President: Tom has enjoyed a professional career as a drummer with a wide variety of tour, recording and studio experience with the like of Evelyn "Champagne" King and Grammy recipient "Speech" of Arrested Development. He studied at Shepherd College, Berklee College of Music, NYC famed Drummer's Collective and with African drum Masters Moussa Traore, Sori Diabate from Mali along with Famadou Konate, Mamady Kieta and Wadaba from Guinea. Versed in all musical styles, Tom teaches and plays in the New England area. Before starting Rhythm Kids, Tom was the Director of Marketing & Sales for a publishing company and several start-ups in NYC. Building a business around his passion for music and drumming is a dream finally realized. Click here for Tom's bio.

photo Greg Nikitas

Greg Nikitas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Media and has been working with children of all ages for the past four years. He toured Massachusetts for three summers performing Aesop's Fables and the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales with the Central Mass Repertory Theatre as an actor, singer and dancer. Greg studied voice at Indian Hill Music School and plays professionally as a solo acoustic artist. Greg learned to play the guitar and drums early in life and currently teaches private guitar lessons and early childhood classes. Greg's energy is contagious and inspires children to enjoy music as much as he does!

 

photo Chris Belden

Chris (aka: Super Cool) Belden grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and started his musical journey on the saxophone at nine years old. He studied at Berklee College of Music with renowned instrumentalists like Dino Govoni, Ricordo Monzon and David Fiucczyski. Chris plays saxophone, flute, and percussion for a wide variety of groups and organizations including; the Emerson College music theatre department, the Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program for children with Down Syndrome and he performs locally with All of the Animals, the Gary Backstrom Band, the Grass Gypsys, and the Excited People.

photo Dan "Amaye" Foote

Dan Foote started playing drums at the age of four and has been rocking ever since! He toured throughout the US and abroad in a variety of genres and is one of the most sought after percussion instructors in the New England area as his students regularly make all-state, regional and district band. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts award and a three time Boston Music Awards winner. Dan is featured in our workshops and school programs and brings lots of energy to every show. As far as the nickname "Amaye," you'll have to see the show to find out what it means!

photo Moussa Traore

Guest Artist: Moussa Traore was born and raised in Mali, West Africa. He has been playing the djembe for the past thirty years, and in 1984, after completing a twelve-year apprenticeship, he was deemed a "master" by his teacher, Sega Cisse. Among musicians in Bamako, Moussa is considered to be one of the top djembe playes in the country. He has given drum workshops in cities throughout the U.S. Currently, he is teaching at schools, teaching weekly community classes, leading drum ensembles for West African dance classes and performing with his troupe Timinandi and other Malian artists. Moussa is a world-class player and everyone who hears him has to pick their jaw up off the floor--he is that good!

Rhythm Kids Staff