In addition to teaching students, Frank (Mr. Boom Boom) loves working with other educators to share some of his best practices. Frank has traveled all over the country discussing a variety of topics. His clinics are designed for educators working in early and elementary education. Topics include: Rhythm in Early Education, Jazz for Kids, and Bucket Drumming. What makes his clinics special is that they are designed for both music educators, and general education teachers wanting to find interesting ways to introduce music into their classroom.


Mr. Boom Boom (Frank Coates) has taught music in various educational environments and has over a decade of experience in education. He is a professional pianist and composer specializing in contemporary piano and orchestration. Frank started his career in early education, serving as the Music Coordinator for Please Touch Museum in  Philadelphia. Frank has also served in leadership roles for the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown and Head Start of the Lehigh Valley. Frank attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and University of Maryland Baltimore County and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Master of Business Administration. He is married and is the proud father of two little ones.


Schedule a workshop on the following topics

Jazz for Kids

Jazz can be a difficult topic for non-jazz musicians to describe and teach, especially to young children. Frank Coates has developed an entire curriculum for children ages four and up to explore the wonderful world of jazz. This clinic will teach educators how to define jazz and present it to young children using classic jazz songs that have been adapted for children. This clinic is designed for both elementary music teachers and preschool teachers.

Rhythm in Early Education

Frank has over 14 years of experience working in early education, including leading the music education program for the Please Touch Museum (Children’s Museum of Philadelphia). His experience at the museum and his 12 years operating Music Play Patrol have given him insight into working with younger children. This clinic will review methods to introduce rhythm and movement in everyday classroom activities. This program is designed for early education and preschool teachers without musical experience.

Bucket Drumming

During his early teaching years, Frank created lessons to introduce students to various instruments from around the world. However, bucket drumming is his most popular lesson with young and older students. Bucket drumming may look intimidating, but Frank has created a curriculum that teachers of all skill levels can execute with their students. This clinic is designed for teachers working with students ages two and up. Prior musical experience is preferred but not required.

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4602 Canton Street Philadelphia, PA 19127

(215) 621-6008