Rhythm & Beats – Drums Ages 4-6

Dates: April 2nd – May 7th
Time: Saturdays at 4 PM
Ages: 4 – 6
Cost: $96 for 6 classes
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drum_teachers_Julius“When a drummer becomes aware of ways to channel these powerful instruments, then they can begin to dance musically.  They can learn basic steps / movements, and then they can add expressive touches and / or improvise something that is complimentary to the song. The great drummer dances with the other musicians . . . ” – Julius Rivera

Kids with an interest in drums can get a taste of what its like to take drum lessons. With Julius Rivera as our instructor, children ages 4-6 will explore basic drum concepts through group exercises, revolving around tub and tube drumming. Tonal tubes and tubs are a great way to convey rhythm to beginners through feel and play (think Blue Man Group). In addition to tubs and tubes, the real drum kit will be used as a basis for teaching drum terms and techniques applicable to beginner drum lessons. Julius’s style includes high-energy games that reinforce rhythm, tempo, and time. This a hands-on, collaborative approach to experimenting with drums that will tap into creativity, physicality, and imagination.

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“One skill that is introduced and reinforced with bucket drumming is awareness of hitting versus not hitting. In visual art, artists learn to become aware of negative space. In drumming, not hitting the drum can be seen as a musical negative space. You don’t hit the drum in order to create the quiet portions of a rhythm – instead, you resist hitting. This silence, or break in the rhythm, is as important as the hits. In fact, intentional breaks are what separate an intentional rhythm from haphazard noise. This awareness is necessary for playing any instrument.”

“After a child . . . learns to perform a rhythm, it is important for them to learn how to relax into the rhythm so that they can continue to repeat the pattern while other performers do something different that is complimenting the rhythm.”

“Bucket drumming offers opportunities for creativity. Once a child has learned how to relax into a rhythm or song, then they can begin to explore being creative. They can try to develop their own “new” rhythms and they can begin exploring ways of complimenting rhythms with other patterns or with improvisational breaks – CREATIVITY.”