Drumming programs in schools have their own benefits for community-based learning that is applicable to educational goals. Taking the foundation of these programs into a classroom can have the same benefit, especially when it comes to constructing a rhythm that is unique to that particular group of children. One of the best things about drumming and rhythm is that there is no training requirement necessary in order to incorporate it within a classroom. It is a natural experience we all share, and bringing that rhythm into a small environment that focuses less on proper technique and more on the groove of the students and teacher will have astounding effects on the rest of the instruction time.
With the lessons that drumming can provide, beyond music and rhythm, it seems essential to include the activity in all types of classrooms. Music teachers should not get to have all the fun, or the benefits, of drumming, even if we love what they bring to the experience, as well! In fact, most music teachers would be delighted to know their area of expertise is creating a better classroom environment outside of their own efforts. Bringing all of these benefits together in a school or learning environment is one of the reasons for the development of programs, activities and instructional materials for non-music teachers. While it is easy to follow the beat of your own drum while teaching, it can never hurt to learn how to incorporate drumming into your classroom to help achieve educational and curriculum goals.
Check out the new 1, 2, Let’s All Groove guide for classroom drumming! Written by K. Solomon Masala, this book will change the way you see teaching and how your students groove once you get that beat going!
In the U.S., the startling number of children and adults "on the spectrum" has given plenty of reasons for research and implementation of various therapies, including music. In other countries, however, the journeys we see may be a reminder of just how pervasive this disorder is, and how much basic treatments can help patients, and family members, cope with autism. Thenational.ae discusses a recent documentary about the way that music therapy has helped a family in UAE with the various issues surrounding an autism diagnosis in the family, and how the documentary is helping establish a community among caregivers. Read more here: The Brain That Sings plays the way to happiness for autistic Emiratis at DIFF
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There is so much information out in the world about the benefits of music on the brain, academics, self-esteem and so much more, we may all think that we know for certain that music is a good thing. However, a recent article on Huffington Posts also points out a few lesser-known reasons why music is good for us. Based upon different studies about music, creativity, sound, motor and reasoning skills, it is a wonder to see all of the ways that music positively benefits us, even those who prefer rock music. Read more here: 8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits our Brains
Drummers find all sorts of surfaces to drum on, including unusual spots in the natural world. Drumming can happen in water, or on the side of a tree, but, can drumming actually happen on ice, and be real? According to io9.com, a controversy of sorts over a Russian band's video of "ice drumming" has garnered some skepticism by people around the world. In the video proof, the rhythmic sounds of the ice drumming certainly resemble those of a djembe or other hand drum, but, are they real, or is it the magic of sound editing? Read more here: Is this ice drumming for real?