West African Drum and Dance Teacher's Guide
A Yankadi-Macrou celebration
By Kalani and Ryan M. Camara
Book, CD and DVD
Experience the rhythms and dances of Guinea, West Africa in this book, CD and DVD. More than just a drumming book, this easy-to-use method immerses teachers and students in traditional West African music, dance and culture through a step-by-step curriculum that maintains cultural authenticity - the World Rhythms! Arts Program (WRAP). This multiple-discipline curriculum incorporates drumming, singing, dance and culture. Rooted in traditional West African music and dance, WRAP helps develop essential arts and life skills through a holistic approach to music and movement education.
The Teacher's Guide, Student Enrichment Book, CD, DVD and website offer maximum support for in-depth learning. The lessons in the Teacher's Guide flow naturally from one topic to another. Lesson content is based on sessions of 45 to 60 minutes, but is flexible engouth to be delivered at any pace suitable for you and your group. Lessons cover objectives and process.
Cultural overview of Guinea
Playing techniques and rhythms for all instruments
Jembe rhythm patterns through body percussion
Dance instruction (front and back view, plus a commentary track)
Village performances (the youth troupe fro Guinea)
The CD can be used for learning and practicing the rhythms and arrangements and dances, and, in some cases, for performance.
The Student Enrichment Book (item 827515, available separately) features 19 innovative, cross-curriculum lesson assignments. It also includes scores, maps, photos, instrument references, a Susu language Pronunciation Guide, traditional recipes and dress, historical and cultural information, a Certificate of Achievement and other educational resources in a personalized format students will refer to for years.
The World Rhythms Story
About the Curriculum
West Africa: An Overview
Bala (Xylophone) Technique
The Role of West African Dance
West African Dance Basics
The Role of the Lead Drummer
About Yankadi andMacrou
Lesson 1: Welcome to Your Village
Lesson 2: Meet the Family
Lesson 3: Let's Dance! Let's Sing!
Lesson 4: Can We Play, Too?
Lesson 5: Are You Playing Your Jembe?
Lesson 6: Dance to the Music
Lesson 7: A Voice from the Forest
Lesson 8: Breakin' It Down
Lesson 9: The BigFinish
Lesson 10: The Macrou Review
Lesson 11: Social Skills
Lesson 12: That Swingin' Feeling
Lesson 13: Calling All Jembefolas
Lesson14: Dance, Dance, Dance
Lesson 15: The Return of the Jedi
Lesson 16: Heat It Up!
Lesson 17: Finishing Touches
Lesson 18: The Yankadi Review
Lesson 19: Putting It All Together
Lesson 20: The Yankadi-Macrou Performance Celebration
Appendix A: Lead Jembe Patterns
Appendix B: Instrument Cross-Reference Chart
Appendix C: Tuning YourDrums
Appendix D: Myths and Misconceptions
Appendix E: Rhythm Games
Appendix F: Healthy Music Making
Appendix G: Glossary of Terms
Appendix H: Susu Pronunciation Guide
Appendix I: Traditional West African Recipes
Appendix J: Other Popular Traditional Instruments in Guinea, West Africa
Appendix K: Instrument Kits for Your WRAP Ensemble
Appendix L: Your African Village
Appendix M: Working with Stakeholders
Appendix N: Educational Resources
Appendix O: Track List