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SECTION: Music for Lifelong Learning COUNTRY: United States of America PROJECT: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY WORLD DRUMMING PROGRAM FOR UNDERSERVED CHILDREN: ROOTS OF RHYTHM DESCRIPTION: In 2004, the “Roots of Rhythm” (ROR) became the first free, online world drumming curriculum aimed at training teachers to learn hands-on techniques that bring musical experiences to underserved children in the United States. Since then it has expanded to countries in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. ROR provides teachers with (1) the necessary tools to bring students the joy of learning to play percussion, especially those who do not normally have an opportunity to take music classes, and (2) creative musical ways of addressing core academic subjects such as history, social studies, art and science. During the weekend or weeklong training workshops, both music and non-musically trained teachers learn how to use the ROR Teacher‟s Guide to teach drumming from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Key to this process is providing students with ways of learning how they can connect to their own cultural heritages. This global view is vital to young people today, particularly those who may never leave their own local community. Children discover how music and world drumming connect to their broader education. Students of ROR teachers will learn: How to play various drums and rhythms from around the world, and how to listen for commonalities and differences Techniques to make simple, inexpensive yet authentic-sounding world percussion instruments that they may keep About countries, geography and cultures, and how music reflects life conditions and experiences Ways to improve self-esteem by building self-respect and understanding one's heritage Cooperative behavior during instrument making and performing Originally written for teachers of 5 th and 6 th grade students, Roots of Rhythm is now used in Kindergarten through 12th grade. To assist teachers in learning the program and using it effectively, they receive materials at almost no cost including: ROR Teacher's Guide - the manual for teaching over 16 drums from around the world ROR CDs - examples of authentic world music and play-along exercises Classroom Connections - a booklet identifying K-12 academic content in ROR Recommended Reading - a booklet identifying school library books on ROR Instrument-making instructions - details on how to make over 16 ROR instruments Materials - to make age-appropriate drums used in ROR Fill-in box notation pages - an easy system for composing and performing rhythms RESEARCH AND EVALUATION: Surveys, narratives, final reports and video documentation testify to the effectiveness of the ROR teacher training and its value in increasing student achievement and self-esteem. These evaluations come from a wide range of populations and communities with an emphasis on underserved students. CURRENT STATUS: The Roots of Rhythm professional development workshops are one of the programs of the Percussion Marketing Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. ROR funding comes as grants from the NAMM Foundation 170

(NAMM, International Music Products Association). Additional support comes from a small materials fee that teachers pay at the workshop. At least six professional development workshops will be presented across the U.S. for the grant year ending in June 2012. The ROR Teacher's Guide is used for teacher training at many locations of the International House of Blues Foundation under the title „Cultural Journeys‟. New content to the curriculum will be added during 2011-2012. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: Percussion Marketing Council, Roots of Rhythm Address: 17950 Geauga Lake Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023 Phone: 440-725-8767; Fax: 440-543-2963 Contact Person: Dr. Craig Woodson, ROR Director E-mail: 171

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