The Hub Q&A with MAIS alumni Cindy Goldberg, AU’s resident ‘Beat Keeper’

Q&A with MAIS alumni Cindy Goldberg, AU’s resident ‘Beat Keeper’

After noticing a lack of female and gender non-conforming drummers, Cindy Goldberg set out to find out why. Her quest inspired her to create the documentary Beat Keepers: Women with Rhythm which showcases both amateur and professional female drummers and the challenges they’ve faced.

Cindy recently spoke with Athabasca University (AU) about the process of creating the documentary, and how her passion for music helped when working on her Master of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree.

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Why did you choose to pursue a MAIS degree at AU?

 

I was able to pursue challenging and interesting studies that also fit into my busy work/home life schedule. MAIS offers great hybrid courses in the humanities and social sciences, which yields a well-rounded education.

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What led you to choose AU for your studies?

I had heard wonderful things about Athabasca University and the MAIS program from previous and current students, and from reading personal anecdotes online.

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How did you get into drumming?

I have been a musician most of my life but fell into drumming four years ago. I was inspired by my drummer mom and other family members. I didn’t realize how immediately I would fall in love with this instrument. It soon became a huge passion.

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Has music helped you in your academics? Have you found any of your musical skills help with your studies?

Learning music requires hard work, time, and dedication. The same applies to academics. I drew on all these skills for my studies and my music. I think they ‘cross-pollinated’ one another.

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What inspired you to create Beat Keepers: Women with Rhythm?

When I first started drumming, I learned there were relatively few women in this domain. I wondered why. This lead me to develop a mini-documentary on local female drummers in 2017. The film was well-received and several people suggested I create a full-length documentary.

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Can you describe the process it took to make Beat Keepers: Women with Rhythm?

First, I reached out to the female drumming community to gauge interest and engagement. The response was overwhelming. So many ladies of all ages and backgrounds wanted to support the project. Next, I arranged to conduct interviews in various cities across Canada and the USA, as well as online. I also solicited photos, video clips, and personal anecdotes from the drummers. Central to the success of the movie was finding the right editor. I connected with an amazing film editor in Bogota, Colombia, who had a great vision for the film. We worked together over the subsequent nine months to create Beat Keepers: Women with Rhythm. Finally, I worked with the cast and supporters to promote the movie and host launch events in three cities: Nashville, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

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What do you hope to see in the future for female and gender non-conforming drummers?

I think the movie has spawned even more interest in female drummers. I’d like them to figure more prominently in all things drum-related: online schools, drum clinics, music trade shows, media, and award programs.

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What’s next for you?

I will continue to work with the School of Rock in Ottawa, drum part-time, and take on ambassador roles, such as for the new Canadian female percussion society, Backbeat Belles.

Cindy Goldberg

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Cindy Goldberg keeping the beat

To watch Beat Keepers: Women with Rhythm, it is available to rent on vimeo. To learn more and stay connected with Cindy you can follow the page for Beat Keepers on Facebook.

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  • January 22, 2020
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