Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Drumming Fun!

Our school was so lucky to have Dr. Arvin Scott visit us recently!  He is a drumming professor from the University of Georgia and in addition to teaching, presents at percussion clinics, master classes, and workshops around the world.  He also founded a community-based youth program in Athens, GA called Drumming for Success.  According to his website, "it provides percussion classes and hand drums for all the kids while encouraging academic achievement, character building, and creativity through personal goal accomplishment and group cooperation."
Dr. Scott performed for us on several of his instruments and explained a little bit about the language of drumming.  Then, he got volunteers from the audience to come up and try out the instruments!  It was so neat to watch the students perform a steady beat and various rhythm patterns that we have been working on all year!  What a great assessment.  ;)  After seeing how successful the students were and how excited they got, I am inspired to get more drums for the music room. 
Here are a few pictures of our drumming fun...


  1. That is SO cool! I just got grants for a bunch of Djembes and would love to have someone like him. How much did it cost to have him come?

    1. It was so much fun! I will probably try to have him come to some of my music classes next year so he can work with my students in a smaller group setting. If I remember correctly, he charged about $200 for the session. Congrats on your Djembes and I hope you get to do something like this at your school! :)