Drumming In Schools

Excellence In Education

The hands-on interaction the children get with drums and percussion instruments is something they’ll never forget and it can only broaden their awareness of other cultures in the world.

In the educational environment through a Drumatic Innovation drum circle event, your children will experience…

  • Practical applications of inclusion, teamwork and sharing
  • Development of large and small motor skills
  • Emotional and cognitive connection to music
  • Intuitive understanding of tone, meter and pattern
  • Listening skills, cooperation and self confidence
  • Hand Eye Coordination

Drumming has been noted for…

  • Teaching children intangibles like…
    • Creativity
    • Self Expression
    • Individualism
    • Self Esteem
  • Developing skills needed by the 21st century workforce like…
    • Critical thinking
    • Creative problem solving
    • Effective communication
    • Teamwork and more
  • Helping troubled youth
  • Providing an alternative to delinquent behavior
  • Teaching children to be more tolerant and open
  • Helping children learn more effectively
  • Keeping students engaged in school and less likely to drop out
  • Improving overall academic performance
  • Allow children to express themselves creatively and bolster their
    self-confidence

This is an 8 minute Video of our work in local schools

”On behalf of my staff and children, thank you, for a tremendous day. The children found their drumcircle workshops fun, challenging and stimulating as did the staff.
Your work epitomizes educational enrichment.”
Mr. K Allbutt – Principal, Leek First School

Children actively engaged in arts education are likely to have higher test scores than those with little to no involvement.

”The workshop was probably one of the most well organized and effective learning experiences that I’ve encountered in over 25 years of teaching. I would never have believed that over 200 children would all be working simultaneously using un-tuned percussion in such a controlled, enjoyable, exciting and educational way. Fantastic!”
Mr. G Righton – Head of Music, Richard Bonnington Primary School

Personal Development

The school drum workshop we will custom design for you is built on small successes which helps build confidence and raise self esteem at the same time improving concentration and focus.

Drumatic drum circles are ideal for schools. They combine the perfect blend of music making and education. Topics can include multicultural diversity, community spirit, personal expression, listening and communication skills, equality and inclusion.

”Superb! Quite the best workshop we’ve ever had at school. Thoroughly enjoyed by children and staff. Impressed with how progression was covered and follow up sheet was really useful. You maintained attention and concentration brilliantly and your organization was faultless”
Mrs. J Plaice – Principal, Boughton Primary School

Experience

Your rhythm circle event will give your children valuable experience in communication, cooperation and creativity. Within a few minutes of our starting the program we will have all the children playing together, following verbal and non-verbal instructions, working as a team, and all while exploring the musical concepts of rhythm and timbre.

Start your new school year with a BANG!!
A Drumatic Innovation facilitated drum circle event is a fantastic way to break the ice and get your academic year off to a positively inspirational start, re-uniting old friends and creating the perfect opportunity to make new ones, while allowing teachers to observe the social interactions of their children.
This is a fantastic opportunity to introduce and demonstrate your school ethos while your students experience community spirit and teamwork in action. Imagine your pupils creating a common bond to build upon throughout the year.
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”It was excellent and meant pupils of all abilities could access the workshop.
Our brightest were still gainfully employed!”
Ms J Ormston – Head of Music, Perton Middle School

Inclusion

Inclusion in education is a process of maximizing participation and removing barriers to learning for all children in their local educational setting.
A commitment to appropriate inclusion involves valuing diversity, understanding difficulties and recognizing and respecting individual differences so all feel they belong.
Everyone has an active supportive part to play in the success of their rhythmcircle.
Among other things, greater understanding of cooperation and teamwork is a natural result of your workshop.

We supply 2 highly trained facilitators

We provide all the equipment

Flexible, we work closely with your school to design an event specific to your needs.

Runs alongside your curriculum. Our workshops incorporate the basics of inclusion, citizenship, listening and communication skills.

Allows students to express themselves in a positive way.

It’s fun!!!

 

“The workshops were amazing, managing to engage that number of children was awe-inspiring! A truly fantastic day.” How you managed to fit in, include and coordinate everyone was brilliant!
Mrs. C Hodson-Walker – Music Teacher, Victoria Community School

Transformation

If you ever take a look at young people playing in a large group for the first time what you find is that every single pupil is transformed by the experience, and each individual leaves the performance with a much deeper understanding of what cooperation and communication actually means.

”The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a great amount from their session – socially and musically. The delivery of the sessions was excellent – engaging the children throughout.”
Mr. D Pilsworth – Head of Music, Market Deeping Community Primary School

Every Child Has An Instrument

We have a variety of drums and percussion instruments, such as djembes, hand drums, djun-djuns, frame drums, tambourines, shakers, bells, woodblocks, triangles, and boomwhackers®

”The highlight was seeing some of our shyer children, who are sometimes reluctant to join in beaming away and going for the drumming. The impact on the children was a delight. Our most challenging children were totally focused.”
Ms D Stewart, Principal, Whitefriars School

As you probably already know music is designated a core academic subject in the
‘No Child Left Behind Act.’
No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101 (11)

It’s not just about the drumming

At Drumatic Innovation we pride ourselves on covering many aspects of the music curriculum, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Wrapped up within our dynamic fast paced unique program there is a myriad of related topics taking place simultaneously. As a matter of course, students are taking part in an environmentally rich arena experiencing elements of team work, fair play, cooperation, respect, proactive participation, creativity, self empowerment, stress relief, unity through diversity to name but a few…

”The non-verbal communication was fantastic, the children were engaged from the first moment. The sessions were that mixture of learning and fun which characterizes all good teaching, very many thanks”
Mrs. H Wilson – Teacher, St Josephs Catholic Primary School

Did You Know?

The College Board identifies the arts as one of the six basic academic subjects students need in order to succeed in college.
—Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do, 1983 [still in use], The College Board, New York

“The arts make better math and science students, enhance spatial intelligence in newborns, and…are a compelling solution to teen violence.”
—Michael Greene, Recording Academy President and CEO at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February 2000

In 2001, students participating in music scored higher on the SATs than students with no arts participation.
Scores for students in music performance classes were 57 points higher (Verbal) and 41 points higher (Math).
Scores for students in music appreciation classes were 63 points higher (Verbal) and 44 points higher (Math).
—College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001

“The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling—training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once.—Ratey John J., MD. A User’s Guide to the Brain. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001″

“Very enjoyable and meaningful workshops – Thank you. All students were engaged and on task, and were included right from the off in some exciting work. Organization and execution of workshop content was excellent.”
Mr. M Robinson – Head of Music, Wheatley Park School

What is a day in my school like?

As an overview a typical day in a school would normally be like this;
We arrive about 1 hour prior to the first workshop to offload and set up our equipment.
We run a series of workshop through the day. Usually 3 or 4 workshops. The amount of time allocated to each workshop is dependent upon the age group and number of students that we are working with. In each workshop we guide the children through a series of music related exercises designed to enhance their ability to follow instructions and work together (among numerous other things like communication, cooperation, sharing, listening… etc.)
We have all of the students get together for a short End of Day Concert. This is an amazing experiential event. (Yes, every child has an instrument. Imagine that!)

We supply all of the instruments and work with your school to create a custom timetable to be able to provide workshop time for all of the children in your school.


1. In a 2000 survey, 73 percent of respondents agree that teens who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems.- Americans Love Making Music – And Value Music Education More Highly Than Ever, American Music Conference, 2000.

2. Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make faster and more precise corrections in many academic and physical situations, according to the Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills – Rhythm seen as key to music’s evolutionary role in human intellectual development, Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills, 2000.

3. A ten-year study indicates that students who study music achieve higher test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background. – Dr. James Catterall, UCLA.

4. A 1997 study of elementary students in an arts-based program concluded that students’ math test scores rose as their time in arts education classes increased. – “Arts Exposure and Class Performance,” Phi Delta Kappan, October, 1998.

5. First-grade students who had daily music instruction scored higher on creativity tests than a control group without music instruction. – K.L. Wolff, The Effects of General Music Education on the Academeic Achievement, Perceptual-Motor Development, Creative Thinking, and School Attendance of First-Grade Children, 1992.

6. In a Scottish study, one group of elementary students received musical training, while another other group received an equal amount of discussion skills training. After six (6) months, the students in the music group achieved a significant increase in reading test scores, while the reading test scores of the discussion skills group did not change. – Sheila Douglas and Peter Willatts, Journal of Research in Reading, 1994.

7. According to a 1991 study, students in schools with arts-focused curriculums reported significantly more positive perceptions about their academic abilities than students in a comparison group.- Pamela Aschbacher and Joan Herman, The Humanitas Program Evaluation, 1991.

8. Students who are rhythmically skilled also tend to better plan, sequence, and coordinate actions in their daily lives.- “Cassily Column,” TCAMS Professional Resource Center, 2000.

9. In a 1999 Columbia University study, students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident, and better able to express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels. – The Arts Education Partnership, 1999.

10. College admissions officers continue to cite participation in music as an important factor in making admissions decisions. They claim that music participation demonstrates time management, creativity, expression, and open-mindedness.- Carl Hartman, “Arts May Improve Students’ Grades,” The Associated Press, October, 1999.

For Information on pricing for an event at your school please follow this link – School Pricing

For a guide to Maximize your school’s workshop time please go to our  Workshop Guide

For Information about our staff training workshop please see our Staff Training page

Drumatic Innovation is currently conducting drumcircles, rhythm events and drum classes throughout the Inland Northwest from Sandpoint to Spokane. Drumatic Innovation is based in Sandpoint, Idaho.

When people make music together confidence increases creating a natural boost in self esteem

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