Teachers at the Old Town School

John Yost

Percussion, Taiko Drumming

John Yost is a facilitator, rhythmatist and educator. He has performed and recorded nationally. As a facilitator, John has facilitated rhythm based events in various settings all over the world. John is the author of the DVD series, John Yost Teaches released by Hands in Motion Productions. He has studied in Africa, Japan and the USA with numerous master drummers. John endorses REMO drums exclusively for drum circles.

Experiential Education
Studied in West Africa and U.S. djembe and dunun with the following Master drummers: M’Bemba Bangoura, Madou Dembele, Yaya Kabo, Gbongworo Keita, Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate, Ibro Konate , Michael Markus, Paulo Mattioli, and Babtunde Olatunji.

Japanese Taiko drumming in Japan and the U.S. with members of Kodo including: Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Eichi Saito, Leonard Eto, as well as with Miyauchi Sensei, Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, Master Ukichi Takano etc.

Drum Circle Facilitation Training in Hawaii with Arthur Hull, 1994, Mentor Program in 2002, as well as various weekend trainings.

Teaching Experience
John has taught in numerous ongoing classes as well festivals. Clients include, The Chicago Office of Tourism, The Chicago Park District, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Symphony Center, Keynote speaker for the Teaching Experiential Adventure Methodology Conference, Northeastern IL University, Harper College, Festival of Nations (St. Paul MN), Midwest Drum and Dance Festival, Field Museum of Chicago, Rhythm Night Club, etc.

1992-03 Music Instructor Chicago Park District

  • General Music Instructor duties such as teaching instrumental lessons and organizing talent searches, performances for city-wide events, music festivals, concerts, recitals, day camp, early childhood and Park Kids.
  • Instructed Rec. leader training for cultural activities 1997-2002
  • Initiated and worked with program services on a citywide Drum circle in Grant Park
  • Created the Warren Park Youth Rhythm Project
  • Conceived and consulted a citywide drumming pilot program "Drum City"
  • Initiated two Japanese Taiko classes and four West African drumming classes at two parks
  • Fostered partnership between Rhythm Revolution and Green Briar Park
  • Recipient of Pride award for “Turn around Park” 1996
  • Served as Representative for Park District at professional conventions and forums.

1999-Present Team Building Facilitator and Consultant
Clients include: Allstate, MarchFIRST, Leo Burnette, Nalco Chemical Co., Nuveen, Lowrey Organ, City of Chicago, City of Evanston, Mead West Vaco, etc.

1993-94 Full TimeTeacher
Chicago Public Schools (Goethe Elementary) Bi-lingual 1st grade and standard 1st grade

Education: Northeastern Illinois University, B.A. 1992, Major: Music; Minor: Communications
Wright College, 1987, AA. Music Education with honors

Started at the Old Town School in May of 2004

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