For the Cultural Arts
A New Mexico 501(c)(3) corporation
Hill-Sky Foundation for the Cultural Arts is a New Mexico 501(c)(3) corporation that has provided rhythm therapy programs for school age children from coast to coast. Since 2001, the organization's "Drums Through the Ages" program has served more than 10,000 children in schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers around the United States. Endorsed by leading medical professionals, the interactive program teaches young people the basic skills of teamwork, creative expression, and self-worth. Every participant has the opportunity to play a rhythm instrument in a group setting.
As a therapeutic intervention, rhythm therapy allows participants to significantly improve motor, cognitive, and recognition skills. Children respond positively to the components of rhythm, and through group participation, apply these learned concepts in the development of social skills that will be necessary later in life.
Facilitator David Hillendahl is an internationally recognized percussionist with more than 20-years experience. A registered Rhythm Therapist, he has spent countless hours in the development and implementation of programs for children and young adults. While still a college student, Mr. Hillendahl first provided services at Houston's MD Anderson hospital. Since the formation of the non-profit Hill-Sky Foundation, he has brought drumming therapy programs to more than 10,000 children in schools and facilities aross the United States. Along the way, he has received endorsements from drumming expert Dr. Barry Bittman, and master facilitator Jim Greiner. Mr. Hillendahl's CD "Thunder Rhythm" is currently in use in programs throughout the country, and was nominated for an Independent Music Award in 2010.
David with patient at MD Anderson Hospital (circa 1973).
Working with hearing impaired children in Angleton, Texas.
San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.
Thunder Rhythm: Music for Drum Circles. Available at Amazon.com