“Drum Talk” is a workshop for students using rhythm, drums, percussion, movement and language to explore culture, character and curriculum.
Beverly guides students on a hands-on music journey, learning basic techniques of drumming from Africa and Latin America. Using the rhythm of words and language, participants will learn some of the building blocks of music- steady beat, groove, phrasing, call and response, dynamics and improvisation. A variety of hand percussion and colors add diversity and Carolina spice; blending ancient traditions with contemporary creativity.
Students will create a multi-layered, language-based, rhythm orchestra, experiencing the rewards of listening and teamwork in ensemble.
Learning about culture and character are at the core of the drumming experience. The “Drum Talk” workshop is also designed to support specific, grade-appropriate curriculum and is tailored for the needs of specific grade levels and curriculum.
“Drum Talk”- SS & ELA can focus on social studies and/or language arts; celebrating cultural connections and building rhythms with poetry, proverbs and text from folktales.
“Drum Talk”- STEM incorporates elements of the science of sound and/or math.
Ex…. science of sound integration for 2nd grade, poetry/ language arts integration for 4th graders, math connections K-8: exploring structure and patterns, fractions, and geometry, Africa and African Diaspora focus for 7th grade. February programs celebrate Black History Month, and can focus on drums and music and cultures of Africa and the Americas. October programs can focus on Latin American music and culture connections.
WHY DRUMS? WHY MUSIC? Music reflects life.
Playing in a drum or music ensemble requires concentration, teamwork, discipline, finely- tuned listening skills, as well as self-expression. Drums and music teach us the importance of diversity and community where every individual’s part is important to make the whole complete. They teach us humility, passion and patience. They require multi-tasking; engaging both sides of the brain as well as the heart and spirit. Drums can build self-esteem, relieve stress and sometimes provide a much-needed voice for kids who learn in different ways.
Students will know basic percussion skills required to play in a rhythm ensemble and will have a deeper understanding of rhythm and pattern in music, speech and across the curriculum.