World Drumming I is a semester course offered at NAHS for students in grades 9-12. It is worth 2.5 credits. World Drumming I is a hand drumming course that explores rhythmic motives derived from different cultures rich in percussive music. The concept of poly-rhythms and rhythm stacking through African, Latin, and Caribbean music will all be examined and practiced through the use of music reading as well as by note memorization. Students will preform on various hand drum instruments of varying style and ethnic backgrounds. Rhythmic content will progress from the easy to medium level. Topics will include music reading skills, technique, and general musicality. Students will perform as a group and individually during class time. No musical background is required for this course.
This hand drumming course will explore rhythmic motives derived from different cultures rich in percussive music. The concept of poly-rhythms and rhythm stacking through African, Latin, and Caribbean music will all be examined and practiced through the use of music reading as well as by rote memorization.
· Students will demonstrate the ability to read music in both standard and boxed notation
· Students will demonstrate the ability to read music up to four lines
· Students will be able to perform on their instrument alone and with others
· Students will be able to perform in small ensembles with one student per part
· Students will be able to perform an appropriate part alone or with others demonstrating proper playing technique.
Improvisation and composition:
· Students will improvise variations on given rhythms
· Students will compose stylistically appropriate music for multiple instruments demonstrating knowledge of traditional uses of sound sources (tones, rhythmic motives, etc)
Students will be expected to learn rhythmic notation reading skills. Basic hand drumming and auxiliary techniques will be utilized in creating an in class percussion ensemble. Students will switch instruments in order to build skill level on every instrument. Students are expected to take notes of which they can look back on to review material. Students are expected participate during class. All assessments are taken from in-class work. Students are not given a textbook. All material is presented during class time. Absences will greatly hinder ones progress. Any and all makeup work is the responsibility of the student to obtain.
Students are expected to retain these techniques and will tested/ quizzed on them appropriately in both written and playing mediums. Memorization of specified rhythms, different tones, playing areas and knowledge of the instruments such as names, origins, and uses will all be assessed. Students will be graded on their classroom participation and completion of homework assignments.
- Tests (playing and written) 60%
- Quizzes 15%
- Participation 25%
Extra help is available to students as the student/ teacher’s schedule allows. Before/ after school, during teacher prep times or during teacher duty times are available upon scheduling.
It is the responsibility of the STUDENT to obtain work missed when absent. Absences include illness, field trip, tardiness, or early dismissal. If homework or an assessment is given on the day of an absence, the STUDENT must initiate the conversation to obtain the missed material or determine a time during or after school for makeup. All rhythms are available online at NAHSmusic.com allowing students to keep up with school work if they are out of class for an extended period of time.