My students attend a STEAM Academy magnet school which focuses on integrating the Arts in all areas. Music is a fun and active class that they all enjoy as we sing, dance and play together.
My students love to play instruments!
Their enthusiasm for drums and and all hand held percussion is what they look forward to in my class often. They enjoy singing and movement activities, but putting a drum in their hand brings their musical experience to life and makes it so personal as they connect to the meaning of music.
My students love playing drums and we use them often during movement, for practicing the steady beat and echoing rhythmic patterns. Sometimes our hand drums are a sun or a hat or a steering wheel as we use creative elements in our movement. The drums are small enough and work for even the littlest hands, who learn how to listen and perform a steady beat to the music. These drums are invaluable in my classroom, as we use them so often as a stepping stone to larger musical skills. Although we don't mind sharing, it will be so nice not to use valuable time passing drums around to those who have had to wait.
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