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Old 06-18-2019, 06:59 AM
 
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I am working with teachers on the concept of incorporating drum/drum circles/rhythm into their elementary classrooms. (Not music classrooms, just general classrooms.) Has anyone done this successfully? My question is this: How do you manage noise levels, or work with neighboring classrooms to accommodate for drumming-related noise? Thanks.


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I tap a rhythm on a hand drum to get the kids' attention and they clap following my pattern until everyone has stopped what they're doing and joined in. I think kids drumming would be far too disturbing to other classes. I know the music teacher does drumming with the kids, but her room is in the basement, far away from the classrooms.
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Orff's work with children, but there are lesson plans that incorporate his ideas on the internet, Orff+rhythm finds several.

I've used clapping out syllables of children's names to create beginning of the year name learning activities. Clap-snap or clap-slap legs is good for stressed and unstressed syllables, especially with the wonderful variety of names in classrooms.

Rhythm can also be used in chants for spelling words, on-sets and rimes do well there. Example: slap legs, say c; clap hands twice for a-t---- slap legs say b; clap hands twice say a-t, etc.

Using strongly rhythmic poetry can be incorporated, Green Eggs and Ham springs to mind. Being constantly Iambic Pentameter-ed can get old, though.
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