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World Music Drumming 101
By Will Schmid
Book and Enhanced CD
48 pages

Kids love to drum! No matter what instruments you have or don't have available, BeatBox will get you started. Students will experience a variety of world drumming styles as they accompany folk melodies and original songs. Music inspirations include a basic rock drumming pattern, the sound of a mbira (thumb piano) with xylophones, a Haitian meringue ensemble, body percussion from the tradition of hambone and step-dancing, and a lively fiddle tune with an Irish bodhran drumming part.

Experiment with call and response, layered ostinatos, syncopation and improvisation. Learn the Bamboo Tamboo from the Caribbean, the Highlife from West Africa, and how to make a drum talk.

Helpful learning sequence for each piece is given, along with objectives, cross-cultural connections, historic fun facts, and suggestions on how to use the instruments you already have. Several pieces also have piano parts. In addition to drums, a soprano recorder, Boomwhackers, Orff instruments, spoons, and guitar can be used in some of the pieces.

The Enhanced CD offers performance and instrumental tracks for each song, and PDFs of songsheet and instrument parts for printing and projection options.

Bamboo Tamboo Time
Mbira: All Thumbs
Knock on Wood
Merry Meringue
Highlife Christmas
StomPaTap / Long John
Map Rap
The Little Beggarman
Boom Boom Share a Drum
Take Four
Good News! Summer Is Coming


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Saw a copy of the book at a music teacher's meeting and liked what I saw!
Melanie R on Sep 1, 2012
Just took World Drumming in Seattle and really like the "stuff."
Judy B on Jul 14, 2012
I need help with using drums with the younger children
Mary Ann P on Jul 24, 2012
What ages is this appropriate for...can early childhood use this or is it for older elementary?
Sue L on May 15, 2014
Best Answer: Probably too advanced for early childhood. I used it with fifth grade. But you can always modify the pieces.
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Is the piece "Good News! Summer Is Coming" the same melody as "Good News! Chariot's Coming"?
Julie J on Jun 7, 2014
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