Aya Cultural Arts Studio (Aya Expressive Arts LLC) is a music and cultural arts studio located at 3504 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD. We offer private and group music workshops for West African drumming, voice, infant/toddler and family. We also provide sound healing through drum circles, sound meditation (sound baths), and Biofield Tuning.
Owner and instructor Ayanna Gallant is a certified music educator with over 20 years of experience teaching children 6 months to 4 years in infant/toddler programs and private lessons for all ages, as well as 16 years as a public school music teacher. She is also a certified sound therapist using Biofield Tuning (tuning fork therapy).
Our name, Aya Cultural Arts, is a play on both Ayanna's name and the Ghanaian Adinkra symbol "Aya" representing endurance, perseverance and resourcefulness. AyaArts.com can also be seen as aYAArts.com, YAA being Ayanna's Ghanaian name, meaning "born on Thursday."
Owner Ayanna Gallant is a musician, poet, voiceover talent, and educator with a passion for creativity. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire in Music Education with a focus in low brass and jazz voice (2005), and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Arts Integration (2010). Ayanna has studied mindfulness science, theory, and practice at Lesley University and is a certified sound therapist for Biofield Tuning. In her 16 years as a public school music teacher, Ayanna taught general music, band, chorus, musical theater, and world percussion ensemble. She has performed as a freelance musician on low brass, voice, guitar, and African drums in venues all around the country.
Ayanna performs regularly with the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, an intergenerational sisterhood of the drum, and Marsha and the Positrons, performing socially conscious and fun kindie (Kid's indie) music about science and how the world works.
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