Teachers & Facilitators

photo Tom Foote

Tom Foote (Rhythm Kids Creator) has enjoyed a long, professional career as a drummer touring, recording and performing with the likes of Evelyn "Champagne" King and Grammy recipient "Speech" of Arrested Development. He studied at Shepherd College, Berklee College of Music, Drummer's Collective and with African drum Masters Moussa Traore, Sori Diabate, Famadou Konate and Mamady Keita. He currently teaches classes, freelances localy and owns/operates Footnotes Music, a New Enlgand business offering music classes and lessons for children of all ages. Tom has tons of energy, and the skills, to engage any crowd! Read Tom's Full Bio

photo Dan "Amaye" Foote

Dan 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 and expertise 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

Moussa Traore was born and raised in Mali, West Africa. He has been playing the djembe for more than thirty-five years, and in 1984, after completing a twelve-year apprenticeship, his teacher, Sege Cisse deemed him a "master." Among musicians in Bamako, Moussa is considered to be one of the top djembe players in the country. Currently, he teaches in schools, offers community classes, leads West African ensembles and tours with Malian dancer Djeneba Sako. Moussa is a world-class player and the moment you hear the beautiful sounds he makes on the djembe, you'll be inspired. It's a treat to have Moussa join us a guest artist.

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 "Super Cool" 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, ukulele and percussion for a wide variety of groups and organizations including; the Emerson College theatre department, Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program, Gary Backstrom Band, The Grass Gypsys and Excited People. Chris teaches classes and lessons all over the Boston area--he's super cool and he's super talented!