The Program

Adventures in Rhythm is a flexible, supportive & developmentally beneficial community drum circle. Each weekly family class is unique, quality musical time with little ones while also a stress reducing opportunity for the parents and caregivers who attend.

Mz. Marianne's unique family drumming circles are one of a kind rhythmic playdates - where little ones & their grown-up's explore a variety of percussion instruments, play hand drums, and experience movement through rhythmic play exercises and dances. It's not just a class for kids - grown ups also participate in making great music.

About Mz Marianne

Marianne Riddle is a Group Empowerment Drum Circle Facilitator and Early Childhood Music Educator. She is the founder of ADVENTURES IN RHYTHM, a rhythm based music program for all ages and abilities in Petaluma, California. With creativity, experience and a lifelong devotion to music, Marianne positively supports people of all ages and abilities along their journey of music making.

Services include:

  • HealthRHYTHMS Group Drumming programs for stress reduction and wellness
  • Group Drumming programs for parents/caregivers with infants, toddlers & preschoolers
  • Group Drumming for Elders
  • Corporate Team Building thru Group Drumming
  • After School Drumming Enrichment Programs
  • Drum Circles for Private parties and playgroups
  • Celebrations
  • Retreats

Marianne is an authorized HealthRHYTHMS facilitator, trained by Dr. Barry Bittman, M.D. and Christine Stevens, M.S.W., M.A., MT-BC. HealthRHYTHMS is a research-based group drumming protocol which has demonstrated biological and pscyho-social benefits. HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming isn't about drumming, rather the drum is used as a tool for communication and personal expression. HealthRHYTHMS reduces stress, improves mood and boosts the immune system.

What people are saying ...

"Marianne is a gifted music instructor with a big heart, great intuition and is so in-tune with the babies and toddlers with whom she works. She is a skilled professional and provides great individual attention to each student while also engaging with the parents. She makes everyone in her classes feel special. Her classes are a great mixture of structure and free flow and she packs a lot of variety into her classes. Our daughter has attended both the infant and the toddler classes she offers and loves it!"

"Marianne is passionate about her subject (drumming and music education) and her clients (the children!). We've enrolled both of our children in her classes and they have loved every minute of them. My children absolutely adore Mz Marianne and look forward to time with her. Communication with Marianne is seemless and professional. She is punctual and gives good value for the price."

"Ms. Marianne truly loves her subject, music/drums, and dearly loves the kids. The kids have tons of fun and learn a little something in the process. My children absolutely adore her. I can't wait to have another opportunity to hire Mz. Marianne."

"Marianne was a wonderful teacher for my son who is on the autism spectrum. He was having a very difficult time trying to work in a structured and social environment. She worked with him and helped him to follow along and play with others. He learned to keep a beat and find his rhythm. She worked with us as a group as well as individually and puts a lot of her efforts and care in helping each child. I would definitely hire Marianne again as my son's teacher."

"Mz Marianne is a passionate musician who helps inspire kids through fun musical activities. Her multi-generational classes with children and seniors are a fantastic gift to the community."

"As the Community Liaison for the Petaluma Mothers Club it is with great pride that I can speak to the expertise of Marianne Riddle. The PMC has depended on Marianne’s skills repeatedly as she brings the enjoyment of music, movement, story telling and more to our families and their children. She is truly a delight to work with and her passion is contagious!"

"My daughter has been going to Adventures in Rhythm since she was 4 months old. I truly believe that because of Marianne my daughter will have a life long love for music, instruments, and drums. She is very passionate about what she does and it shows in her classes. Not only is it good for the children but as a parent I get so much out of it as well. I feel I get to be a kid again by banging on the drums and dancing around and be stress free for 45 minutes. I highly recommend this class for you and your little ones."

"This class is awesome! Marianne is fantastic with kids and my daughter absolutely has a blast every time we go. We started attending when she was about 5 months old and now at a year, she enjoys it even more! I recommend it to all my new mom friends."

"Run don't walk to the next class! I can't say enough about Adventures in Rhythm and Mz. Marianne. I've taken classes with my older son, all types of music/art classes, and this one for me is one of the best. It's not just for the kids, the parents really get a lot out of it."

"If you are into drumming and truly appreciate the healing benefits of feeling/moving/experiencing the rhythm of the beat, you will love this program!"

"Marianne is amazing with children of all temperaments (including my spirited daughter). She is truly an amazing woman and her music classes are fun for all. I can't recommend her enough. If you haven't tried one of her drum circles yet, do it. You and your child will have a great time. Enjoy!"

"Marianne is an energetic, joyous, and enthusiastic music teacher of children. Her manner motivates and encourages participation. She has held children's activities at our assisted living community since 2007. During those times Marianne has invited our residents to experience the music along with the children. As most of our residents do not come in contact with this age group, magic happens when they interact. The activities are very uplifting and definite moral boosters for our elderly residents. I fully endorse Marianne. She is caring, responsible and devoted to her work"

"Marianne's weekly music classes were the highlight of many a week for my daughter and myself. She kept everyone, from 4 year olds to 80+ year olds engaged. Marianne considered music choices that we would all enjoy and constantly introduced us to new styles of music and ways to appreciate it. She is a natural with people and a joy to be around and learn from."

"Marianne has risen to the highest bar of professionalism in promotion, accounting, travel planning and is a musical expert. She has left no stone unturned. Having worked closely with her on several music tours, I know all too well that her dedication to the music is beyond words. The children who study under her are fortunate and possibly meeting a master musician who can inspire and change their lives. I recommend her with the highest regards. Being a teacher or a motivator, women like her will change the world."

"Miss Marianne works magic with music and kids."