Our school is the 9th most culturally diverse elementary school in the nation. Though their home languages may be varied, we can all connect through music. Our students are eager to learn and gain new experiences; however, their economic status prevents them from joining many extracurricular arts programs. For this reason, school musical experiences are even more important for children of poverty. Students use music to connect with each other, process their feelings, explore new ideas, and find joy.
The music program at our school integrates academic and cross-curricular skills as well as social skills into our music-making.
My students love being active learners, engaging in the activities, and even helping to choose how the final product ends up. Allowing them to join the creative process and be in charge of creative decisions helps them connect with each other, learn social skills, and gain confidence in themselves as independent thinkers and leaders.
We currently are fortunate enough to have six djembe drums. Unfortunately, our young students have a very hard time holding the djembes in a way that allows them to play both the bass tones and the open tones.
Djembe stands will allow students to play the djembes without having to hold them up with their legs.
Holding them in a way that allows the bass tones to exit through the bottom of the drum requires students to lean the drum away from them and stabilize with their legs and feet. K-5 students have a very challenging time stabilizing the drum well enough to focus on the music they are playing. Stands will take away this difficulty and allow them to focus on musicality rather than the physical exertion of holding the djembe up.
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