I’m not an accomplished musician.
Or a drummer.
But my drum has the power to move people and change behaviour patterns in elementary classes..
It’s magic, almost.
With a new group of students the drum is the one that does the talking. As students enter the classroom a simple drum-beat greets the students. And then there is silence. And repeat. Student intrigue kicks in. Students gather quickly. Someone risks clapping the beat in response. I smile. The drum beat repeats and more students join the beat in response.
The drum sets the direction. Everyone quickly engages.
It’s a lovely tool to help with transitions and attention.
As familiarity develops, I choose a student that follows expectations to take over the drumming transitions.
I have met few students that have not been excited about the opportunlity of drumming. The drum turns into a powerful tool that helps shape student behaviour and experience.
I’m still a novice drummer but the music it performs is magical.
The Ontario College of Teachers found out about my drumming and included a segment in their journal “Professionally Speaking.” See page 32/33.