This manual will show you how to run the Drum Corp Progressive Lessons for your class. At the bottom of this manual there is a link containing a short video. This video will give you a visual on what lessons look like, in action.
Do lessons in your classroom via Smartboard, or in the hall via Projector. As long as you have a large enough screen to play lessons on, and some form of a drum and sticks for students (supplied or DIY), you will be ready to go after reading this manual .
The Basic Set-Up:
- Each student requires 1 drum, 1 pair of sticks, & sometimes 1 pair of jugging balls
- Students to be spaced out as much as possible, ideally 1.5m apart
- Students stand behind their drum, with the screen displayed out front of the class
Our gold standard for equipment is bucket-drums and pipe sticks, as it allows students to hit hard and jump high. However, you can use just about anything as a drum and sticks. Get creative!
For a Drum you could use a;
- water jug
- upside-down tub
OR – anything else you think up!
For Sticks you could use;
- rolled up paper taped on both ends
- rolled up plastic taped on both ends
- pipe sticks
- wooden spoons
- cardboard rolls
OR – anything else you think up!
The Step-by-Step Process
In the classroom:
- Log in to www.thedrumcorp.com, choose the correct lesson, and stream onto the SmartBoard
- Gather equipment (sticks, drums and juggling balls, either DIY or with equipment provided)
- Get everyone standing up in their place, and spaced ideally 1.5m apart
- Pass out sticks – sticks go on the ground until you press play (trust us!)
- Press Play
In the hall:
- Open your laptop, go to www.thedrumcorp.com, log in and choose the lesson
- Prepare the projector screen (ie. pull it down, turn it on, etc)
- Plug the laptop into the projector and turn up the volume
- Set up equipment (drum on chair, 2 staggered lines, spaced 1.5m apart)
- When ready to press play, pass out sticks, and sticks go on the ground
- Press play
- the “Level 0- Getting Started” video is an important and necessary starting point for both students and teachers, as it establishes our teaching methods and behavioural requirements
- lessons can be completed on any day and at any time of the week
- these are ACTIVE lessons
- noise management; only hand out sticks when you are ready to press play. Sticks go on the ground or “in your pits”. Ensure students respond to Instructors cues of “Sticks in Pits” throughout the lesson. At the end of a lesson gather drumsticks straight away
With Stage 1 classrooms, expect it to seem that lessons are “over their head”. As with all Stages, repeat lessons a few times and move on. You will be surprised what your young students will be able to perform by the end of the season!
For classrooms with noise sensitivities, using paper sticks on desks will be your quietest option. Students with severe sensitivity can wear headphones, but will have to be extra focused so they follow instructions properly and don’t interrupt the class
As we say in the “Level 0- Getting Started” video, students who are out of line should “sit out, or get out”!
The ‘Extra Bits’ – not to be missed!!!
- 5 minute body/mind breaks to wake up the classroom
- done in the classroom via Smartboard
- requires no equipment
PBL Blast Sessions
- 20 minute sessions to be used as PBL rewards
- non progressive
- sometimes uses drums and sticks
Staff Development Sessions
- 15 minute sessions for staff as a group
- uses drums & sticks
- set up is the same as with Progressive lessons
It’s all High-Fives and High-Vibes.
You are giving your students the gift of movement, expression, energy release and creative coordination, setting them up for a fantastic day of learning and living 🙂