I have several classes of energetic, curious, and adventurous middle school students. They are always looking for something new and big to do and learn. Many of them come from difficult backgrounds with less than normal living experiences. For many, coming to school is a way of escaping their everyday world. They feel safe in my classroom, they trust me, and they know that I deeply care for them.
My students have a new appreciation toward learning music, and they are always looking for the next big opportunity!
Once we learn a skill or concept, we build on it and add the next challenge. A majority of my students are not exposed to a wide variety of music. Many would start the school year saying “I don’t like music” or “I’m not good at this.” Those same kids leave my room at the end of the year and continue with music by either joining an ensemble for the next school year, taking private lessons, or playing an instrument at home.
We are building a collection of quality, versatile instruments for our sixth-grade Introduction to Music class. I teach my students about rhythms, style, and composition using hand drums. As we build our musical palette, our goal is to have a well-rounded sound. Adding a 12” Remo Djembe is the perfect drum to accomplish that!
A variety of hand drums are key to incorporate musical genres from around the world into my classroom.
With their ability to make both low tones and very high tones, Remo Djembes are the perfect versatile drum. At our school, we use them to play along with the chorus, use them in lessons, and use them as the heart for my steel drum band. It truly is the all-purpose drum!
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