In this exciting and interactive course students will learn how to perform hand drumming songs from West Africa, the Caribbean, and other world music cultures. The purpose of this course goes well beyond training students to become accomplished percussionists and into the realm of creating a community of students that gain an appreciation and high level of respect for various world cultures. Members of our World Music Drumming course will be known as the MIPS Thunder Drummers and will create exceptional performance videos that will be placed on YouTube.
Students in this course will receive on loan a quality drum and other instruments to practice and perform with. Students in this course will be issued an iPad in order to capture quality audio/video recordings.
World Music Drumming is a year long, synchronous course. Each week students will watch an instructional video and complete lesson notes on it, attend a one hour live Zoom class, practice at least 15 minutes each school day, submit a weekly practice log, upload weekly videos of playing, plus other occasional assignments.
1. Students will be able to demonstrate techniques for playing various types of drums and other percussion instruments.
2. Students will understand and place greater value on the peoples and musical cultures of Africa and the Caribbean.
3. Students will sing and move to the music of Africa and the Caribbean and other world cultures.
4. Students will be part of a caring community of peers that form a performance group that demonstrates respect and cooperative teamwork.
5. Students will be able to create and improvise new drumming patterns that complement those of other classmates.
6. Students will be able to actively and critically listen to various styles of music.
The curriculum for this course will follow and be adapted from “World Music Drumming - A Cross Curricular Curriculum” by Will Schmid.