During the month of May, my lesson planning sometimes comes up short and other times the tail end of a unit simply gets destroyed by the warm weather, field trips, and squirrelly student behavior that only seem to happen in May. Long term objectives can take a back seat for a couple classes during May in the interest of keeping things sane and keeping the kids engaged in making music.
The activities in these next few posts work really well in May and June since they don't require any week to week development and require minimal convincing/explaining/begging with students.
This activity uses one rhythm in four different ways. Teach the first groove that uses just the rim and center of the bucket. Then proceed to the other variations. Feel free to download the sheet music and project it on the board for your students (or yourself!).
Watch the video below while following the music but don't get overwhelmed; You don't need to learn all the variations or play them one after another. Just teach the variations that you can easily play confidently.
It only uses one rhythm pattern which:
- simplifies student focus
- reduces the number of things students have to attend to at once
- reduces the number of things the teacher has to attend to
Learn other survival skills at the Summer Junkyard Percussion Workshop. An all-day professional development workshop that shows you everything you need to teach bucket drumming.