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 →
Community drumming at Trinity Church.
Our January newsletter went out this past Wednesday and includes resources for educators, upcoming events, and other exciting news. This month: projects at University School of Milwaukee, The Boston Symphony Orchestra Academy School, and community drumming classes at New England Conservatory and Trinity Church.
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Just got some really nice pics back from the University School of Milwauke (USM) residency I did at the beginning of the school year. This project was in collaboration with the USM Music Department and Miriam Altman, the Middle School Choral Director there and a student of mine on the 2010 ThisWorldMusic/UMass Summer in Ghana. The residency — which combined student clinics with staff/faculty professional development workshops and assembly presentations — is part of a larger project with USM which includes a service learning trip to Ghana next summer for ten of its teachers.
Here’s a photo recap of the residency: READ MORE →