About

Noah Plotkin, Founder / Music Director

Noah Plotkin is a professionally trained Performance and World Percussion musician who is a 2007 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has collaborated as a percussionist with a number of notable institutions in the United States and abroad including The Martha Graham Dance Conservatory, Sala Crisantempo School of Dance in Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil, The Amsterdam Theatre School of Dance, The Parkinson's Project at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Chicago and the Northwestern University & Columbia College dance programs. Noah is currently a private drum teacher, music educator and valued member of many different Chicago area world music, rock, blues, funk, pop and jazz ensembles including Chicago's elite wedding event band, The Gold Coast All Stars.

Noah was born and raised on Chicago’s North Shore into a loving family who appreciates and supports the arts as a vocation of which to be proud. At the age of four Noah began playing drums however his mother Robin is quite certain he was keeping time in utero during a Pat Metheny Group concert a month before he was born. Remarkably, beginning at age 13, Noah’s first private drum teacher was Paul Wertico - the Grammy Award winning drummer for the Pat Metheny Group - who was playing that very evening when Robin first felt Noah's rhythmic movement. Noah’s commitment and participation in every school band from middle school through high school resulted in his being awarded the Benny Goodman Prize for excellence upon graduation. At the Berklee College of Music, Noah was quickly introduced to a wider range of percussion styles, techniques and musical expression through his studies with legendary musicians such as Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Kenwood Dennard (Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston), Skip Hadden (Weather Report) & Dave DiCenso (Duran Duran).

Throughout his life Noah has recognized the power of music to unite people of all ages and backgrounds to build strong and sustainable communities. He believes that music is a universal language that reaches across all cultural and demographic boundaries. It is in this spirit that Noah hopes to bring awareness of rhythmic music as a complimentary tool to enable people of all ages to create and maintain good health.

 

Life Rhythms

Life Rhythms was founded in 2013 to facilitate health and wellness in diverse populations through the power of rhythmic music. Programs are designed to express the creative spirit, vent stress and re-establish a healthy and beneficial life rhythm.

Life Rhythms offers individual and group sessions for personal growth, empowerment, team building and health and wellness with a particular emphasis on engaging seniors living in assisted living, retirement and memory care facilities. In addition to these groups Life Rhythms also facilitates drum circles for corporate and youth populations where self-expression, movement, socialization and team building is encouraged.

 

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Noah Plotkin, Founder / Music Director

Noah Plotkin, Founder / Music Director

I am honored to be a part of a larger musical heritage that seeks to build strong communities and promote health and wellness through the power of music. In the weeks and months to come I will be providing examples on my web site of existing medical and clinical research specific to the role music, and especially drum circles has in allowing people of all ages, from 5 to 100 lead more balanced and full lives. Thank you for sharing my journey!
— Noah