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World Music Drumming _ Mr. Forfar


"A  tree cannot make a forest...Nobody is self-sufficient. We all rely on one another to succeed in life"
Francis Awe, Nigerian Master Drummer

World Music Drumming
The class combines research and "hands-on" cross-cultural learning to help students develop both community and musical awareness. Students will discover how playing music involves respect, focusing, listening, problem solving, math, merriment, cooperation, and other important life skills. We will learn drumming techniques, patterns, and songs while also studying African, Asian, European and Latin American musical traditions and culture.

In addition, students will study multi-cultural related art and poetry, as well as complete the following projects:

1) Drum Making Project
2) The Culture of Masks
3) I-Research Japanese Drums
I-Research Music
5) I-Research Cultures
I-Research Lyrics

Please notice: Each student must bring their spiral notebook for World Music Drums to every class meeting. The "Drum" notebook will be used for reflective writing, note taking, rough drafts, and homework.


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Talking DrumMaking Beats!


Instrument Care:

• Each student and parent will need to sign a Drum Contract (responsibility for damage)

The drum heads & percussion are fragile!
• Please remove all rings before playing!

• Please never put anything on the   drumheads...except your hands or  
drumsticks. (not even paper...)

Instruments: (provided by ISLC)
• 14" Djembe
• 12" Djembes
• 10" Turkish Doumbek
• 8" Doumbeks
• 12" Dunduns (Talking Drums)
• 10" Tubanos
12" Tubanos

14" Tubanos

(large and small)
• Claves
• Guiros
• Senior Kelly Shakers
Mexican Maracas
• Cowbells




"One going to take a pointed stick to poke a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."
~ West African Proverb

National tests have shown that independent reading at home is a key ingredient for improving a student's language skills!

International Studies Learning Center: Phone 323.568.3115

Mr. Forfar's informational website for students,parents,and teachers.
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