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Drumming Up the Fun in 2nd Grade

Jennifer Snyder October 27, 2017

Over the summer, I had the privilege of taking a weeklong workshop called, “Drumming Up the Fun.”  It was amazing!  The program is rooted in a world music drumming curriculum that has been modified for students in the elementary grades.   

Since the start of the school year, all students in grades K-4 have been learning how to participate in a percussion ensemble.  In the following videos, second graders are playing a single drum pattern along to music, using a variety of percussion instruments.  In addition to what you see in the video, students explore echoing and creating rhythms, and as they get older, they learn to layer in multiple rhythm patterns, often resulting in three different patterns played at one time within an ensemble.

Why is drumming important? 

  • It helps students of all ages understand and demonstrate teamwork.
  • Students learn proper playing techniques for a variety of percussion equipment.
  • It aids students in developing and reinforcing a sense of steady beat.
  • Students learn how to improvise rhythms.
  • It teaches the importance of listening and responding.
  • And most of all, it’s fun!

If you’re curious and would like to know more, don’t hesitate to stop by my classroom or email me at: [email protected]