My 3-5 grade students love to make music. One of their favorite activities is playing instruments! I would like to expose my students to the music of other cultures.
I have a large number of students in each class, and I believe they all should have a hands-on experience with world drumming.
I teach K-12 grade general music, band and choir in a rural Title I school district in Southern/Central Illinois. My elementary class sizes range from 30 to nearly 60 students. 30 percent of them receive free/reduced lunch. The majority of students come from farming families.
My students need a djembe drum to expand our world drumming collection and accommodate our large class sizes. My class sizes range from 30 to nearly 60 students at a time. We have gradually grown our world drumming instruments this school year but do not have enough djembes or tubano drums. Currently, 3-4 students have to share a djembe or tubano drum at a time. This is not ideal for learning, and cuts down on the amount of time we can spend on making music. As we continue exploring music from other countries, it would be beneficial to have another djembe drum.
Research has shown that drumming helps reduce stress, and due to many of my students' backgrounds, it is an important outlet.
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