Madame Carroll’s French 3 class, who are currently studying music and instrument vocabulary, participated in a drumming workshop with Joe Tayoun, a Lebanese-American percussionist and educator. Music students also participated in the event. In addition to watching Mr. Tayoun perform, the students were also offered the chance to play the drums themselves.
Mr. Tayoun started playing at the age of eight at his family’s Middle East restaurant in Philadelphia where live, authentic Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek, and Israeli music and dance were performed nightly for over forty years. He performs with various Middle Eastern and World Music ensembles locally, regionally, and internationally. He is also Artist-In-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology, where he regularly instructs Middle Eastern Drumming classes in the Egyptian Gallery.