West African Drumming

Michael Taylor
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12th Grade African Drumming - Course Description

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

West African Djembe Drumming

Teacher: M. Taylor

Required Materials: A djembe drum.

Prerequisites: none

Course Objectives: Students will develop technique, hand coordination and traditional rhythms in an ensemble. Additionally, students will investigate the cultural and historical significance of the djembe drum and the oral history of each rhythm and song.  Students will learn about the geography of regions specific to the tradition of the djembe, as well as Africa in general. 

1. Students must bring their djembe to every class meeting, if they have a take-home rental. If a student arrives without a djembe more than twice, the student’s grade will be lowered by a full letter grade each occurrence thereafter.  Djembe's not rented for take-home will be provided by instructor. 
2. Playing at inappropriate times will adversely affect student’s grade. Same applies to talking while others are being asked to perform.
3. Short pop verbal quizzes will be given sporadically throughout the semester.
4. Students must participate in final performance. 

Based on participation, practice and attendance.


Music lessons are taught by both the main class teachers and by special subjects music teachers. Singing is an integral component of all classroom activity in the Early Childhood and Grades curriculum. Additionally, first graders begin instrumental music instruction in pentatonic flute and lyre. Third graders begin string instruction with a choice of violin, viola, cello or bass. Students in grades five and up sing in choral groups and participate in either band or orchestra. High school students participate in chorus as well as selecting a music elective. Their choices include string ensemble, jazz band, percussion, guitar and vocal ensemble. All year round, in numerous opportunities, Waldorf students perform instrumental, orchestral, and choral compositions in public performances, school assemblies, musical plays and special community events.

Faculty:                     Michael Taylor, High Scool Music Teacher
Class Dates:           
September 4th 2013 - June 13th 2014
Curriculum Area:   Music Elective

  This document is the syllabus for the djembe class.
  This document is the instrument procurement agreement for the djembe class.
  This is an article that will be used or referred to in the djembe class - students should read this.