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RomeBioPicA certified Off instructor with nearly 20 years experience, Rome Hamner is a teaching artist and taiko performer whose career includes 14 years as the co-director of a nonprofit arts education organization she co-founded. Performing highlights include playing Odaiko for a crowd of 30,000 while suspended 200’ in the air and combining poi training and pyrotechnics to play with lit bachi (i.e., bachi that were set on fire- on purpose). Rome believes passionately in the power of music education to change kids’ lives and has developed 30+ unique curricula in Taiko and Orff-based general music for grades K-8. Over her career she has guided more than 3,000 K-8 students, including special needs students, in developing music skills and improving academic success, collaborating with classroom teachers in development and teaching of many lessons.

Email: RomeH@startingarts.com