Sally Childs-Helton

Sally Childs-Helton, Ph.D. (facilitator) is a percussionist, ethnomusicologist, music educator, and mentor with over 40 years of teaching and facilitating experience. Sally holds a B.M.E., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology. Her teachers include David Darling, Glen Velez, and Arthur Hull. She is a co-founder of the Midwest Drumming and Dance Festival, and a certified Music for People improvisation teacher and Remo HealthRhythms facilitator. Sally also founded and facilitates two annual women’s drumming weekends (; 2012 marks the 15th season of these retreats. Sally's areas of expertise include hand drums and ethnic percussion, music improvisation, classical percussion, and performance anxiety management. Dr. Childs-Helton teaches world music and ethnomusicology at the university level and conducts drumming and improvisation workshops around the country, in Canada, and Britain. She accompanies and creates original scores for dance, choruses, and theater productions. Sally and her husband perform around the U.S., Britain, and Canada as a duo, and with Wild Mercy, an eclectic Celtic band; Sally also performs with the improvising ensemble Thin Air. When not playing music, she is the archivist at Butler University, and a student of hand book binding, paper making, and marbling. Sally believes almost anything can (and probably should) be a percussion instrument. She especially enjoys working with beginners of all ages, "re-beginners" who are returning to playing music, persons with visible and invisible disabilities, and with all people who are willing to discover their ability to create original, powerful, meaningful music. She also welcomes collaboration with other performing and visual artists, and encourages people to express their creativity in as many art forms as possible. Sally creates a safe, supportive, and playful environment for musical, creative, and personal growth.