I've created a short, online bucket drumming course for your students to use while we're all distance learning/teaching due to Covid-19. The goal is to get your students making music and have some fun while doing it.
The curriculum is hands-off for teachers and hands-on for students and includes some 'greatest hits' from my 15 years of teaching bucket drumming to students ages 8 to adult. It's all road - tested and ready to go; these are all activities I've used with countless students between grades 3 and adult. I've included a lot of play-along/backing tracks in the videos so students get the feel for playing with musicians. Many of the videos even have a Jam Session with my musician buddies who are stuck at home.
Honestly, just send these videos to your students and they'll do all the work for you. I even include pdfs notating some of the material in the lessons if you'd like your students to read.
Here is the playlist containing all the videos (with more on the way!)
1. Embed or Paste Links for students
2. Require Exit Tickets
Here are some prompts you might use:
- Lesson 1 - Submit a selfie of you with your bucket and sticks
- Lesson 2 - Submit a video of you playing "8 on a hand"
- Lesson 3 - Submit a video of you playing one of the grooves
- Lesson 4 - Submit a video of you playing along with a song of your choosing (school appropriate!)
- Lesson 5 - Submit a video of you playing the bucket song
- Lesson 6 - Submit a video of you teaching how to do one of the things you’ve learned to a family member OR submit a video of a groove or unison that you composed
- ANY Lesson - Have students perform from the included pdf sheet music
3. Have Students Do It More Than Once
You could set a requirement such as: "Play with this video three times between now and next week." I've tried to keep the videos on the shorter side (2-10 minutes) so students would be more apt to repeat. them
4. Speed Up or Slow Down
Too easy? Tell them to speed it up Too hard? Slow it down.
Just like you would do in an actual rehearsal.