The TRAP program was developed by professional percussionist Eddie Tuduri. Over the course of a career of more than 40 years, Eddie has worked with world-famous artists such as The Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, Dr. John, Ike Turner, and many others.
In 1997 Eddie miraculously survived a very serious surfing accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
During a long process of rehabilitation, Eddie asked a friend for a pair of drumsticks and a couple of percussion toys. His first movements were tapping the frame of his hospital bed. Other patients began to join him in treating their illness with the joy of rhythm. Eddie began to see music at a whole new level beyond his experience as a professional musician, he saw it as a means of healing, of overcoming trauma.
As he improved, Eddie moved his new appreciation for music from the hospital to drum circles with occupational therapists focused on regenerating nerves, attention span, and memory in patients. The program grew and soon he was presenting his work at conferences across the USA. Eddie was then introduced to children with developmental challenges and learned how drums and percussion could be used to help these children. This led to him developing TRAP - The Rhythmic Arts Project designed to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and early childhood students to stimulate reading, spelling, counting, and life skills in schools and disability centers in the USA, Canada, Ecuador, and Australia.
The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) includes hundreds of lessons compiled over nearly 22 years with therapists, doctors, teachers, administrators, and experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
At IMAGINE, we are proud to have teachers trained in the TRAP methodology. TRAP makes learning fun! We are also proud to support Eddie’s fine work with sharing this powerful program with children and adults around the world, making the world a bit better for others one beat at a time.