Drum O’Clock

$20.00

by K. Michelle Lewis

(55 pages)

The purpose of this book is to present a well-rounded approach to music that engages the learner from multiple perspectives using accessible instruments found around the home, as well as the voice and body percussion.  The pedagogy originated from a collection of philosophies found in Orff Schulwerk, Social and Emotional Learning, Community Drum Circles, and Mindfulness. These lessons can be modified for homeschool populations, Non-Traditional Instruction, General Music Classes, and/or community-building events.  This PDF includes links to YouTube videos, plans, and materials for sixteen engaging lesson plans. 

Description

Hello, and welcome to Drum O’ Clock, a Digital Community Drum Circle Experience.  When the world experienced the Coronavirus World Pandemic in 2020, I was contacted by my school to figure out how to keep our school community together through music.  I quickly thought a virtual community drum circle would be a great way to fulfill this need.  Knowing that everyone had access to their voice, body, and found sounds, I started creating a model based on the community drum circle model I had learned from Arthur Hull, author of Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm.

The first live video was a success and drew interest from around the world.  People were excited by the idea and kept joining the drum circle every day for two weeks.  The culmination of this book is what I taught on Facebook Live prior to my school starting Non-Traditional Instruction.  

The purpose of this book is to engage learners with a well-rounded approach to music that engages the learner from multiple perspectives using accessible instruments found around the home, as well as the voice and body percussion.  The pedagogy originated from a collection of philosophies found in Orff-Schulwerk, Social and Emotional Learning, Community Drum Circles, and Mindfulness.

The lessons included in this book are ones that have been very successful throughout the world during the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020. You can modify these lessons for homeschool populations, Non-Traditional Instruction, General Music Class, and community-building events.

 

– Michelle

About the Author

K. Michelle Lewis is passionate about drumming, performing, and strengthening the community through Community Drum Circles.  An educator and percussionist of 20 plus years, she is currently the Music Specialist at Bloom Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky.  She is a life long learner pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky.  Her research interests include mindfulness and drumming. In addition to this, Michelle is the CEO and Percussion Instructor at DrumSmart LLC where she maintains an active percussion studio and serves her community through community drum circle events that can be found on www.drumsmartllc.com

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