Getting in the Groove
Drumming in the Classroom
By Christine Sipes
Middle school and upper elementary
Easy, up-to-date, multicultural, non-threatening, timely, fun way to teach creating and improvising through drumming. This curriculum covers drumming across the globe, from West African to Taiko styles. Students will study multiple playing styles and their backgrounds, musical artists from each genre, and gain a broader world music perspective. Focus is more on finding the groove (playing harmoniously together, listening to and musically complementing each other) than on drumming technique.
You do not have to be a drummer to teach Getting in the Groove, all rhythms and examples are on the CD for easy teaching and use in the classroom. Getting in the Groove addresses all types of learning styles and aligns with current teaching methodologies, as well as the National Standards for Music Education.
Reproducible worksheets, quizzes and assessments are included.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Lesson 1: Why do we drum in a circle?
Lesson 2: What are characteristics of West African drumming?
Lesson 3: What is Latin American drumming?
Lesson 4: Why is Native American drumming sacred?
Lesson 5: What is Taiko?
Lesson 6: Where did the modern drumset come from?
Lesson 7: Who are five drummers you should know?
Lesson 8: What is World Drumming?
Lesson 9: Are you ready to groove?
Lesson 10: Getting in the Groove Performance
Rhythms (Heartbeat, West African, Latin American, Taiko, Groove, Go-Go Rock Groove)
Groove Creating Rubric
Groove Listening Log
Poems to Drum By
Groove Study Guides (5)
Groove Quiz 1 and 2
Groove Listening Assessment
Groove Drumming Self Assessment
Groove Drumming Assessment (Teacher)
Groove Final Assessment
Drums and Shakers to Know
Groove Rhythm Flashcards
Groove Instrument Flashcards
Maps (West Africa, Japan, Latin America, Pre-America, USA)
Groove Word Search
Getting in the Groove Performance Outline
Invitation to Performance, Resources, Certificate, Quiz and Keys, CD Tracks
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