Joseph Peck presents
The Caribbean Drum Circle Music Enrichment Program
Grades 1-2: Students explore music as a language through interactive experiences using percussion instruments (shakers, cowbells, drums, steel drums), call and response, geometric shapes, and movement. Each week students will learn about a historical figure from the Caribbean/steel drum art form and a new vocabulary word. Through playing and mimicking rhythmic patterns, responding to start and stop cues, and playing with proper hand and stick technique students will learn the basic rhythms of a steelband engine room. This Caribbean musical journey will give students invaluable life skills for relating and help them gain a greater sense of musicality with confidence. The final class will give students an opportunity to perform a mini-concert for their peers, teachers, and parents.
Grades 3-6: Using steel drums, tamboo-bamboo, and other various percussion instruments students will form a Caribbean drum circle band in which they learn afro- caribbean rhythms, participate in call and response activities, and create and perform their own original rhythmical music compositions. Students will listen to a different pre- recorded musical example of Caribbean music each week. In addition, each week they will learn about a distinguished historical figure who has contributed to the development of the steel drum instrument and/or Caribbean music art form. The enrichment program will conclude with students giving a concert performance demonstrating their ability to perform with proper hand and stick technique, collectively and individually with rhythmic and melodic accuracy, and to play in sync with the beat of the music. This rich musical experience will transform students, giving them a greater sense of confidence, focus, and the ability to team play with one another.
* This program can be adapted for high school and adult students.