Sixth graders in the music classroom have been playing large African drums for the last four weeks. They have really enjoyed learning about the different cultures throughout Africa and how important music is to the rituals and customs of the African people.
Some of the instruments they have been learning about are tubanos, djembes, congas, ago-go's, mbira's, shekere's, rattle's and clave's. I really enjoy how they are able to play these instruments against another instrument with a differing and challenging rhythm patterns.
Though the rhythms have been difficult, the students have really begun to feel the groove, and beat of the drums. It is great to see how much they have learned, musically, over their tenure here at Goodrich and fun to see them able to accomplish so much while having a really great time.