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 work at low-wage jobs and, frequently, multiple jobs just to "put food on the table".
My students are extremely diverse and I love it. However, sometimes finding age-appropriate teaching materials that can assist me in teaching to this diversity is challenging. The Peanut Butter Jam World Drumming book is just the ticket! This book has basic drumming lessons from multiple styles and world regions.
Help us "jam out" with different drumming styles.
The lesson entitled "Harambee" (which basically means work together) fits perfectly with our school's "Leader in Me" program which encourages the students to "synergize". Music is a natural at getting students to synergize and drumming creates an additional level of excitement. The lesson using "Rock-a My Soul" will fit beautifully in our unit about spirituals.
The Remo 100 series Tunable Tubano will be a wonderful addition to the pre-tuned instruments we already have. Because it is tunable it will add a level of sound quality we do not currently have and it is versatile enough to produce the various world styles after the students learn the stylistic techniques.
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