Rhythm & Resiliency Class
Rhythm and Resilience Program Description
Rhythm and Resilience was created from the inspiration and financial support of Tussi Kluge to combine two healing modalities, mindfulness based stress reduction and drumming, into a program designed to improve the well being of inmates.The pilot program began at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail in the spring of 2009. MBSR instructor Tussi Kluge in collaboration with professional drummer and UVA music professor Robert Jospé began leading classes and forming the curriculum with breathing techniques, body scan, drumming skills, rhythmic vocabulary, call and response, stretching and movement. The classes facilitate greater concentration and focus, and also seek to enhance self-esteem, self-awareness and creative expression through individual and group participation in an environment conducive to self and group empowerment. Originally the pilot program included both men’s and women’s groups. Rhythm and Resilience has now grown to include other instructors: drummers Nathan West, Daniel Scruggs, Chris Garay and yoga teachers, Esther Lozano, Kate Hallahan, and Alexi Bell. As the program continues an 8-week syllabus will be developed.
- 75-minute class
- 2 + instructors
- Weekly meetings /8-week syllabus
- Class “divided” into 4 parts:
- Introduction, mindfulness, body scan
- Rhythm education, call and response,
- All parts are fluid and combine some elements of each; i.e., drumming involves standing and “dance”, stretching involves the beat.
Rhythm & Resilience classes will be offered as a re-entry program and to at risk members of the Charlottesville-Albemarle community beginning in the spring of 2010.
Special thanks to Phyllis Back of the ACRJ for working so closely with R&R and advising, facilitating, supporting and logistically organizing the program at the Jail and to Janet Jospé for consulting and contributing to the vision of the program.
Robert Jospé Bio
Drummer Robert Jospé started his playing career in the New York jazz and rock scene soon after attending New York University in the early 1970s. He has studied and worked with some of the greatest names in jazz including Tony Williams, Michael Brecker, John Scofield and Dave Liebman. He was a co-leader of the fusion band, Cosmology, and a member of the original TR3 band with Tim Reynolds.