Curriculum Objectives:

Upon completion of the curriculum, students in the music classroom and/or community setting will:     

  • Communicate better with their fellow students and others by having learned:

    • how to listen to others,

    • respect for the need of others to have their own musical and personal space,

    • the importance of leaving spaces (silence) for others to drum (speak),

    • how to lead and how to follow (solo and back– up).

  • Understand and demonstrate the value and techniques of cooperative teamwork.

  • Demonstrate techniques for playing various types of drums and other percussion equipment.

  • Sing songs with percussion and other instruments from various multicultural traditions.

  • Improvise new drumming ensemble patterns which are complementary to those played by other students.

  • Move to music while singing or playing instruments.

  • Create (with a small group of fellow students) new drum ensembles in the style of various drumming traditions.

  • Listen actively and critically to various styles of music which include percussion. While listening, students will:

    • echo drum patterns played by others

    • identify the type of instruments being played

    • recognize and label styles of music

    • identify the probable culture from which the music comes.

  • Understand and place greater value on the peoples and musical cultures of Africa and the Caribbean. Students will:

    • describe the way drumming is done in at least two contrasting traditions

    • discuss how traditional drumming may be the same or different from contemporary styles in various cultures

    • have greater respect for the people represented by the traditions studied.

  • Understand how music reflects similar cultural themes and patterns found in art, dance, literature, social patterns, work, etc. of the cultures studied