Objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- Move sticks with basic coordination
- Describe what bucket drumming is
- Play a basic One Bucket Groove
1. Priming (5 minutes)
Hook the student's interest by either performing for them on a bucket or by showing them a video of bucket drumming. Try to find a group (rather than solo) bucket drumming video with performers about the same age as your students. This will help to excite the students and also manage their expectations.
Make sure to give them a prompt before you hit play so they are not just listening vicariously. ex. "Can you tap the steady beat on your shoulder during the performance?" or "Are they drumming in duple or triple meter?" Here are two videos you might consider:
For younger students: For older students:
All music teachers have different ways of introducing sticks. Have your students get used to moving sticks in a coordinated way by using this activity:
Teacher plays a pattern, then students play it back. Since echo patterns are used all the time(and often misused), students will immediately feel successful. At first, use just hands together and two sounds(Center and Rim).You could even play this audio file for students while you walk around and help with technique:
Drummers often play grooves so it makes sense to start with a One Bucket Groove like this:
If you are are interested in more lesson plans, consider attending the Summer Junkyard Percussion Workshop, an all-day professional development workshop.