I-PAC, or the Innovative Percussive Activity Circle was designed with the household parent and child in mind. The activities performed in the I-PAC are done so using everyday household items such as pots and pans. The I-PAC is an interactive percussive activity circle designed to be as free as possible while still promoting order and structure. Music and dancing are a natural part of a child’s mental and physical development and I-PAC is a fun and exciting way for children to let go and be free. I-PAC brings people together, regardless of their musical experience, physical ability, age, or gender.

I-PAC was inspired by E-WoMP, developed by Dr. Michael Bakan

Michael Bakan is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of Ethnomusicology and World Music in the College of Music at Florida State University (Tallahassee). He is the director of the university’s Balinese gamelan ensemble, Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung, and of the Artism Musicultural Center of Florida, which hosts an innovative music-play program for children on the autism spectrum and their families and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs. He has been a visiting professor or invited lecturer at Harvard, Yale, Indiana, and Boston universities, at the Berklee College of Music, and at the universities of Chicago, California (Santa Barbara, Riverside), Washington, Colorado, Louisiana, Florida, Illinois, and British Columbia. He formerly served as president of the Southeast/Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Bakan’s textbook World Music: Traditions and Transformations, published by McGraw-Hill, has been adopted at more than 150 universities and colleges nationwide and internationally. It is currently in its second edition (2011) and a Chinese-language translation edition is in press. His first book, Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Belaganjur (University of Chicago Press, 1999), was selected to the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list for the year 2000 and was recognized in The Times of London as one of the two “most significant publications on Balinese music in almost half a century” (17 May 2002). His many other publications encompass topics ranging from Indonesian music and world percussion to electronic music technology, early jazz history, multicultural music education, film music, and the ethnomusicology of autism. These have appeared in scholarly journals such as Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, Ethnomusicology Forum, and College Music Symposium, and in books published by Oxford University Press, the University of California Press, and the Music Educators National Conference, among others. He serves as Series Editor for the Routledge Focus on World Music Series and formerly served in that same capacity for the critically acclaimed ABC-CLIO World Music Series.

As a percussionist, Bakan has performed with many renowned world music, jazz, symphonic, and new music artists and organizations, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Music at Marlboro Festival Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Players, Rudolf Serkin, John Cage, A. J. Racy, Tito Puente, Phil Nimmons, I Ketut Sukarata, I Ketut Gedé Asnawa, I Nyoman Sedana, I Nyoman Wenten, and the championship beleganjur groups of Batur Tengah and Tatasan Kaja, Bali, Indonesia. He currently performs with Cuareto Del Sur and the Artism Ensemble. He also is active as a composer, with traditional and experimental works for Balinese gamelan, intercultural jazz compositions, and film and modern dance scores to his credit. Leon Anderson Jr., Dana Hall, David Okerlund, Dale Olsen, Pamela Ryan, Wayne Goins, Charles Tremblay, Joël Johnson, Ben Koen, and Damascus Kafumbe are some of the artists who have been featured in performances of his works.

To find out more about Dr. Bakan and his works, visit his website here : http://michaelbakan.com

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