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Dancing Drum

Dancing Drum

Dancing Drum’s mission is to EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN, and INSPIRE people of all ages through interactive, percussion-based programming and materials. We are a comprehensive resource for schools and other organizations that wish to incorporate drumming into their instructional day.

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School Drum Day - Drumming Up Character


Program Description

Dancing Drum’s School Drum Day program gives each student at a school the opportunity to play 6 drums and percussion instruments in a hands-on workshop! This program sets up a large circle of instruments in the gym, multipurpose room or large indoor space at your school. Each grade level of students participate in their own drumming workshop scheduled throughout the school day. Students


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Program Detail

Program type: Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Music
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Programming is available the entire year. Contact us with dates you’re interested in and we’ll let you know if they are available.

Available times:


Length of :Program 45-60 minutes per workshop. 6 workshops during the entire school day.
Space / technical requirements:

Our School Drum Day program can be up to 160 instruments and requires to be located in a school gym, multipurpose room or cafeteria. The instruments will be set-up on the floor and we will need the school to provide chairs for the program. The number of chairs needed will be determined after we get the numbers of students in each grade level. We will provide our own sound system, wireless microphones for performers, and a microphone for teachers or staff to make announcements. Arrival, load-in and set-up starts 2 hours before the first workshop. Ex) First Workshop 9:00am – Arrival, load-in and set-up is at 7:00am.


Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and surrounding area

Fees / Ticketing:

$1,825 fee includes 6 drumming workshops for each grade level scheduled during the entire school day. Maximum of number students in each workshop is 160. If your school has more than 160 students in a grade level, contact us to discuss options.

Workshops can be 45min-60min in length.

Sample Schedule for K-5 School 50min workshops:

K – 8:30am-9:20am

1st- 9:30am-10:20am

2nd – 10:30am – 11:20am

3rd – 12:00pm – 12:50pm

4th – 1:00pm – 1:50pm

5th – 2:00pm-2:50pm


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. With our Rhythm Phonics method, we use the drum sounds “Boom” to represent the low sound and “Ba” to represent the high sound. We also use words/syllables, number groups and colors to teach rhythm patterns on instruments. These different verbal methods help the students to listen, speak and play the rhythm patterns correctly on their laps, claps, drums and percussion instruments.

SL1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. In addition to teaching rhythm patterns for the students to play, we also have a “Jam Time” section of the assembly for student improvisation. Students are asked to create a rhythm pattern on top of a steady pulse. They have to listen to each other’s pattern and make their patterns connect and work together in a community conversation on drums and percussion instruments.

L3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. We use drum sounds, words/syllables, numbers and colors to represent rhythm patterns. Students use their knowledge of language to interpret how these verbal phrases translate to music patterns on their bodies, drums and percussion instruments.

NC Essential Standards:

3.CR.1: Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music. Our Interactive Performance Assembly program features African drums, Caribbean steel pans and South American percussion instruments. We discuss the origins of where they came from, how they were invented, their use in society and culture and how they have influenced the modern music we listen to today.

2.ICR.1: Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships. Our Interactive Performance Assembly program features rhythms, songs and dances about Fairness, Caring, Responsibility and Respect. We use the power of drumming, singing and movement to reinforce the character lessons through teamwork and a positive community building experience for all students.

3.MR.1: Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances. Through our Call & Response techniques, we create a rhythmic dialogue for students to participate in the musical conversation together.

 2ML.1.3: Execute rhythmic patterns using body, instruments, or voice. Our Lap-Clap Body percussion enables all students to join in the rhythm conversation by playing rhythms on their bodies. Our Rhythm Phonics methods enables students to sing the rhythm pattern with the “Boom” (Low) and “Ba” (High) sounds, words/syllables, number groups and colors. Using these kinesthetic and verbal methods as a learning tool, students can play the rhythm pattern on drums and percussion instruments.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



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Cancellation Policy

If a school has to cancel an ASC contracted program, the cancellation fee paid by the school to Dancing Drum is $250.