World Music Drums Project Due 11.14.17
"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
Make a Drum! ~ Fall Project 2017 ~
You will build a drum based on your research and lessons in class
• You will not be graded on whether the drum “plays good sound"
(that would be a much more complicated project.)
• The construction will take place outside the classroom
• The drum materials can be: cardboard, wood, metal, string, etc.
• please notice the 5 steps / assignments due before the actual drum & script ...
Your drum & "presentation" script are due in
Drum Size Limits: length, width, depth, between 8 & 18 inches only
- Please follow dimension size so everyones drumcan fit in the display area!
- Points will be deducted for drums that are TOO large
Premade / commercial drums are not acceptable!
• See below for student made examples by our Dragon Drummers!
PROJECT CALENDAR (When and what is
Please note: STEPS 1-3 & 5 need to be in your D.N.B. (Drum Notebook)
__ Step 1 -10pts- 10.18.17 - Rough sketches of designs and drum shape
__ Step 2 -10pts- 10.20.17 - Describe 10+ steps you will take to build your drum
__ Step 3 -10pts- 10.23.17 - Material List with parent signature: x _______________________ (Make a list of at least 10 materials you will need to build
__ Step 4 -20 points- 11.08.17 (Handout) with your own written myth about how your drum came to exist for your tribe
__ Step 5- 20 points- 11.14.17- 2-3 paragraphs of a written Script for your 1-2 minute presentation
describing your creative process
__ Step 6 - 100 points- 11.14.17 Your completed Drum project and presentation due!
(Don't forget your script!)
for those looking for Extra Credit:
• Make a diorama of the setting where your tribe plays the drums
• Include drums and other percussion instruments used by your tribe
• Think of other details you could include, (e.g. when are the drums used?
• Consider what the drums are made of related to the geography of the region
• What would your tribe make songs about?
• Also, please write a paragraph describing the setting.
If you have any questions,
Examples of previous projects by our Dragon Drummers
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Mr. Forfar's informational website
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Extra Credit project by Jenny G.
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