Dancing Drum's mission is to EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN, & INSPIRE people of all ages through interactive, percussion-based programs. We provide a complete drum program package for schools and other educational venues, including drum packages, in-school programs, standards-based curriculum materials, and professional development seminars.
Since 2002, Dancing Drum has conducted interactive drumming programs at schools, museums, performing arts centers, conventions, festivals, and team-building events from California to the East Coast and internationally.
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Oct. 16th , 2015 FOX 6 News Milwaukee by Laura Langemo MEQUON -- The pounding of drums and shaking of maracas echoed through Donges Bay Elementary, building character and confidence note by note. "I felt really good. It was really fun," said 2nd grader Will Charles. Steve Campbell, co-creator of the organization Dancing Drum, brought his program "Drumming Up Character” to the school, using instruments to teach the children how to work together as a team."Drumming is a great tool because you can actually hear when we`re working together and when we`re not," said Campbell. Using that rhythm students create together to sing songs about respect, fairness, and caring. "I think the most important thing is to realize that we... Continue Reading →
West African drumming is a fantastic experience I recommend for all music educators to expand their musical repertoire. When I traveled to West Africa, I was amazed and inspired by the depth of rhythmic and melodic expression that exists in this art form. I say melodic because the rhythms are taught in the form of a song of various pitches that the drum can make. All of the master drummers I studied with would sing the rhythms to me with their own language or “drum talk.” I found it was much easier to learn and retain these rhythms by singing them while I was playing them. Upon my return to the US, Dancing Drum co-creator Lindsay Rust and I developed... Continue Reading →
"Arts Integration" is a big movement in education these days, pushed to the forefront by great organizations like Turnaround Arts and The Kennedy Center. Fundamentally, the idea with arts integration is to utilize instruction in the arts - music, dance, theater, visual art - to connect with core academic subjects like language arts, math, and science. This approach has shown to be effective for many students, who can learn and explore core subjects more creatively, rather than learning by rote or more traditional forms of instruction. In effect, music (or visual art, or dance, or theatre) is the "hook" that gets kids engaged and more interested in succeeding at school. Here at Dancing Drum, we've been focusing for many years on how to integrate core academics into... Continue Reading →