My kindergarten to fifth-grade students are the most wonderful kids in the world! Really! They are a very diverse population: African-American, Arabic, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Native American...at least 20 languages or dialects are represented. We are a true melting pot population which is approximately 1,100 strong.
We are a Title I school with at least 90% of our students qualifying for free or reduced-rate breakfast and lunch programs.
Many of our families are led by a single parent, a grandparent or a recent immigrant who works at a low-wage job and, frequently, multiple jobs just to "put food on the table".
Drumming for Community will start in the music classroom and continue into a special interest club designed not only to expand the musical knowledge of the participants but also to create deeper relations between the participants and the teacher/sponsor. Building relationships between teachers and students is a major goal of our school.
During music classes, participants will learn the basics of Elemental, African, and Cuban style drumming using the Remo Tubano drums.
Starting with simple rhythms and progressing to the more complex rhythms the participants will be encouraged to compose their own musical works. These works will be performed during one of our school’s two Synergy Nights where student projects are presented for the public’s observation and enjoyment.
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