DRUMMING UP CHARACTER (DUC)
"Drumming Up Character" is a powerful, multi-disciplinary curriculum for character education combining ensemble drumming, dancing, character rap songs, and the performing arts. Designed to fulfill state and national educational standards for learning, this unique program also includes reading, writing, and creative arts activities designed to build critical thinking skills.
The program was such a tremendous success that we decided to write a curriculum book that would enable other teachers to implement Drumming Up Character at their schools. The goal was to create a straight-forward and accessible approach so that anybody, even teachers without a background in music education, could implement the program. Since the first publication, hundreds of schools nationwide and internationally have successfully implemented Drumming Up Character with their students.
PROFILES IN CHARACTER
Each Character Chapter features a "Profile in Character", including:
Each character is paired with an Adinkra symbol - a traditional, West African system for communicating the values of a community. For example, the Adinkra below shows two crocodiles that share one stomach. It is a reminder that, despite our differences, we all musi share the same world and learn to live together in peace. It represents the character of Citizenship.
“Drumming Up Character” was awarded approval for Social Content Compliance from the California Department of Education. This means that the Drumming Up Character book, CD, and DVD adhere to state educational standards for portraying democratic values, cultural pluralism, and the diversity of our population by emphasizing people in a variety of important roles.
The Drumming Up Character Teacher’s Guide includes:
A TEACHER'S "HOW TO" with 50+ pages on:
The Drumming Up Character Student Workbook includes:
• Adinkra Symbols and Interpretations
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