Curriculum & Focus Areas

Curriculum & Focus Areas

Current Curriculum and Focus Areas include:

Dancing Drum’s original methods and materials have been developed over 15+ years of work in a wide variety of classroom, workshop, and performance settings in schools, conferences, and special events across the country and internationally. Much of our instruction utilizes a unique method called Rhythm Phonics, which connects rhythms played on drums with verbal cues. The multi-cultural content presented in Dancing Drum programs has been gathered during extensive research travels in West Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and throughout the US. One of our goals is to “bring the world home”, and we work hard to keep the information that we present in our programs authentic and engaging.

Each of our Curriculum and Focus Areas can be applied in a variety of program formats. These are listed on the individual program descriptions of this website. For example, if your school is interested in Interactive Performance (IP) assembly programs, you can choose a focus on “Drumming Up Character”, “Drumming Up World Music”, or “The Rhythm Is Here!” At this time, our newest program, “Rhythmatize It!” is only presented as a Professional Development (PD) training.