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curriculum - World DRUMMING

Dr. Woodson has five curriculums: on world drumming, drum circles, conflict resolution, African drumming, and Sound Shapes with instrument making.


Roots of Rhythm - World Drumming and Instrument Making (ROR)

  • Written: between 2004-2011 for the Percussion Marketing Council with grants from NAMM, the International Music Products Association
  • Available for free download at Roots of Rhythm curriculum.
  • Use the free, online ROR teacher's guide to practice and teach world drumming and rhythms
  • Make and play drums from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas
  • Teach cross-curricular elements including music, science, math, art, social studies, and language arts
  • ROR workshops are either funded by PMC & NAMM or by Ethnomusic, Inc.


Drum Circles for Conflict Resolution (DCR)

  • Written: between 2008-2011
  • Available: in paper form at the workshop
  • Use Dr. Woodson's world music approach to conflict resolution called 'Ethnomusic Therapy'
  • Make drums for his approach to drum circles and the Remo Health Rhythms protocol
  • Teach therapeutic ways of resolving conflict through drum circles


African Drumming and Drum Making (ADM)

  • Written: between 1997-2011
  • Available: in paper form at the workshop
  • Use authentic drumming from Ghana and Guinea, West Africa
  • Make and play simple instruments based on designs from Ghana and Guinea
  • Teach music, science, history, cultural awareness, art and language arts with this curriculum


Drum Circle Facilitation (DCF)

  • Written: between 2006-2011
  • Available: in paper form at the workshop
  • Use basic facilitation techniques and activities for use in the K-8 classroom
  • Make and play the 5 standard percussion instruments used in drum circles
  • Teach drum circles to improve skills in K-8 classroom management


Sound Shapes for K-8 Classrooms (SSC)

  • Written: 2005-2011
  • Available: in paper form at the workshop
  • Use Sound Shape drums to create ways of making strings, winds, and idiophones
  • Make simple sets of these instruments with Dr. Woodson's invention, Handle-Leg Connectors
  • Teach polyrhythms, graphic composition, and scientific principles with Sound Shapes


World Drumming Techniques (WDT)

  • Written: 1990-2012
  • Available: in paper form at the workshop
  • Use various world drums to play rhythms from five continents.
  • Make simple sets of these instruments for personal and classroom use
  • Teach basic hand and stick drum techniques, polyrhythms, graphic composition, and scientific principles of drums


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