The following is adapted from “Developing an African Drumming Program for Your Music Classroom,” created by ThisWorldMusic in partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This is the first in a series of three installments on arranging for an African drumming ensemble: 1) Arranging for Classroom vs. Stage; 2) Arranging Drumming with Singing and; 3) Arranging for Performance.
1. Arranging for Classroom vs. Stage
For teaching polyphonic drum ensemble music in a classroom setting, a “mixed chorus” type of instrument distribution scheme is ideal. READ MORE →
Happy to report the November issue of MENC’s flagship magazine Teaching Music is out. Check out “Crossing Borders” (p. 38) for a feature on ThisWorldMusic, including a photo profile of our Summer Study Abroad in Africa (below), as well as the following 5 tips for music educators from yours truly:
1. Seek out high-quality professional development. Learn from educators who have studied in the culture and have successfully adapted traditional music for the classroom.
2. Choose depth over breadth. Pick one or two world music traditions and make them the focus of your multicultural curriculum.
3. Strive for balance. World music and Western music are not Continue reading →