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.
Since our founding in 2002, we have aimed to set a national standard for innovative, integrated arts education for schools. Dancing Drum’s approach is inclusive, positive, musical, and fun! We offer several program themes for schools including multi-cultural awareness and character education. Our original methods and materials have been developed over 18 years of work in a wide variety of classroom, workshop, and performance settings in schools all across the country.
All of Dancing Drum’s school programs are standards-based and prioritize hands-on opportunities for students to experience the excitement, magic, and creativity of the arts. Drumming is not only about making music, it’s also a medium through which students can work together to build school community, learn to focus in a dynamic environment, and enjoy an energetic and productive outlet for creative self-expression.
5500 Prytania St. #619, New Orleans, LA 70115
adDancing Drum’s Interactive Performance Assemblies are high-energy programs that engage, entertain, and inspire your entire school. From the first moments of a Dancing Drum assembly, the sound of drum rhythms echo through your school while all students play and sing along with clapping, body percussion and vocal chants. Next, we bring up groups of student volunteers to play 100 drums and percussion instruments throughout the show. Principals and teachers across the country have said this was the best assembly they ever had, so join in the rhythm and bring this uplifting, community-building musical experience to your school!
This program offers 2 back-to-back assemblies scheduled either in the AM (before lunch) or PM (after lunch). Approximately half of the school would attend the first and the other half would attend the second. Each assembly can last 45min-60min with 10min-15min of transition time in between each assembly.
Here is an AM sample schedule for a K-5 school:
Assembly 1: 9:00am-9:50am (Grades K-2)
Assembly 2: 10:00am-10:50am (Grades 3-5)
Audience size per assembly is best at 400 students at a maximum. With 2 back-to-back assemblies, we can get 800 students through the program. If your school has more than 800 students, we can add a 3rd assembly for an additional fee.
The Drumming Up Character assembly program enriches your school’s character education initiative through rhythm, song, and dance! This high energy, interactive assembly engages students through hip drum rhythms, character rap songs, and exciting dance routines about Fairness, Caring, Responsibility and Respect.
Virtual Online Program Option: Drumming Up Character can also be offered as a virtual online program. Contact us for more details of how to bring this character education program to your school!
Programming is available the entire year, depending on bookings made locally and out of state.
Contact us with dates your are interested in and we let you know if we are available.
8:00am – 4:00pm
Due to large groups of students coming up to play instruments throughout the assembly, we prefer to be set up on the floor of the gym or multipurpose room. Students will sit on the floor theater style with an aisle in the middle. We will provide our own sound system, wireless microphones for performers, and a microphone for teachers or staff to make announcements.
Charlotte Mecklenburg County and surrounding area
The $1,125 fee includes 2 back-to-back assemblies either in the AM (before lunch) or PM (after lunch). Additional assemblies, same day, same location, cost $350 each. Cost is all-inclusive of program, travel, and lodging expenses to visit your school. Group booking discounts available for multiple schools in your district booking together at the same time.
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.
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.
Though cancellation or rescheduling of events is extremely rare, if an event needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, illness, impassible roads, or travel delays, we will work to find the best solution for a new date. Cancellation by the client with 30 days or more advance notice will result in the loss of deposit. Cancellation by the client with 29-15 days advance notice will result in the loss of deposit and 50% of the balance due, payable within 30 days. Cancellation by the client with 14 days or less advance notice will result in loss of deposit and 100% of the balance due within 30 days. Cancellation by Dancing Drum will result in the full return of client’s security deposit and a 10% discount on a similar program in the future.