Timbalooloo seeks to uplift communities by exposing children and families to the richness of global culture in New York and beyond. We seek to empower a new generation to become fluent in the language of music through a unique approach inspired by the way children learn languages fluently. Instruments come to life and speak through their music and children create music by making their instrument talk. We center our practice around respect for the child and their self-expression, celebration of diverse traditions and an inspiration to create new music.
Through our highly trained Timbalooloo teaching artists, we offer classes through various partner schools and community organizations. While Timbalooloo is centered in New York, we have been getting increasing international attention and now tour the Timbalooloo live concerts at major venues worldwide (from Kennedy Center to Istanbul Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz to Shanghai Theater). We have also begun licensing the method and providing teacher training to partners worldwide so they can spread the joy of Timbalooloo to their communities. Yet the core of our work continues to be in New York City, deepening bonds in our community through music and a celebration of culture.