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As we zip towards the beginning of a new school year, we like to remind ourselves why we do what we do.
Drumming is not only about making music, it’s also a medium through which students can work together to build school community, learn to focus in a dynamic environment, and enjoy creative self-expression.
Drumming can be the "hook" that grabs students' attention as we seek to teach them lessons about good character and how to be a better person. That's the inspiration behind "Drumming Up Character". Through drumming, dancing, and good character raps, we're turning a subject that many students previously thought of as "not cool" into a vibrant, exciting, high-energy experience and exploration of life skills.
We love this program and we are always thrilled to hear feedback from schools that have implemented "Drumming Up Character" with their students.
In fact, we just came across this link to a news story from last fall, where Dancing Drum's Musical Director, Steve Campbell, brought Drumming Up Character to schools in Mequon, WI. This was a School Drum Day program, where he saw the entire school in workshops throughout the entire school day.
And here's a link to the full article.
Are you "Drumming Up Character" at your school this fall? What strategies have worked for engaging your students in character education?