West African Drum Orchestra and Culture

Teaching Artist: Sky Kingsland

Students in this program learn how to play West African drums and other percussion instruments. As they sit in a drum circle each week, where the focus is on their fellow students’ work, they learn to listen. Lessons about rhythm and improvisation are interspersed with lessons about West African culture, especially teamwork and responsibility. The program may culminate in an end-of-semester performance. Since students are drumming, consideration of proximity to other classrooms is recommended. Also available for after school.

Audience: Grades 4-6
Format: Residency or Workshop
Curriculum Connections: Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies/Culture
Teaching Artist: Sky Kingsland

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