What is it?
- A bucket drumming curriculum set up like a video game. YouTube Playlist with all the videos (click me!)
- 6 Levels of increasing tempo and difficulty
- A final Boss Level with all 30 grooves in a row
- A bunch of distracting backgrounds
- Probably best for grades 5 and up (I tested it with my 7th and 8th graders)
How do I use it?
- Just turn it on and play along, use the notation or just copy what you see
- Start with Level 1 and progress to Level 2 etc...
- Once you/students are able to play all the videos, have them play the Boss Level
- Post it for your students on Google Classroom, Schoology, etc.
Is there sheet music?
How do I assess my students?
- Students can post a video of them drumming along to a level on Flipgrid
- Have them create a "how to" video breaking down and teaching a specific groove
- Students can compose new grooves to the existing backing tracks
- Give out Badges online and a Certificate of Completion (just like recorder karate but louder and more awesome!) Download the badges and a certificate template by clicking this link Edit the template to add student names and your signature or just print and write by hand
How do I personalize it for my students?
- Slow down the playback speed using the youtube gear icon
- Pick one groove and use the corresponding backing track to practice (⬅️click here) until comfortable
- Speed up using the youtube gear icon
- Play a groove with a different backing track (ex. Groove 3 with the 184 bpm track)
- Use one hand
- Play with your eyes closed
What else should I know?
- Students don't need buckets. I've had students use yoga blocks, a Halloween pail, and a laundry bin. Wooden spoons, pencils, or cardboard tubes work for sticks.
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