I am the music teacher for 300 fourth and fifth grade students. We are a Title I school with about 80% of our students on free or reduced-price lunch. Playing music and creating great rhythms is something that these students enjoy the most. Providing hands-on experiences to this age group, is imperative to a class length attention span, as well as great classroom behavior.
My students get excited to learn to play rhythm instruments, sing, and move to music.
Working and collaborating as a team is important in our music class. Creating music gives them those opportunities and I can't wait for them to gain some new experiences.
Motivation of students is a high priority in education. Drumming circles are a great way to motivate students to participate and feel successful in music class. Many drumming curriculums stress character education, which I feel is important to creating good citizens.
The students in my classes love to play the drums I currently have, which are small djembes and hand drums.
We do our best, but in most of my classes, students share the drums. We also do a rotation, so that everyone gets to experience the different timbres of each type of drums.
The buckets will add another layer of sound to our class orchestration. The dowels will be used exclusively on the buckets because of their ease to play on the edges of the buckets.
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