What kid doesn’t love drumming? I haven’t taught a lot of music over the years, but I really enjoyed teaching it this year. Young children love learning songs and having the opportunity to play with instruments. I remember my own children banging on pots and pans and loving every minute of it.
At school, I always enjoyed watching older students bucket drumming and I figured that the kindergarten students would love the opportunity to try! I was right!
We experimented with these large 5 gallon buckets. Some of the older grades use them as part of their music class, and graciously let me borrow them to use with our kindergarten classes. I had students start by just exploring the sounds and getting used to holding the sticks. We then did some repeat after me beats.
I like bringing out my portable speaker and playing some music for students to follow along to. Even simple songs, like ‘B-I-N-G-O” gave students a signal as to when to bang their drum. It was noisy, but a lot of fun. As usual, I was so proud, but not surprised by what they were able to do and how great our songs sounded!