Roots & Rhythms has been offering area schools and organizations a variety of drum-making and playing programs since 2008, thanks to an award from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. This world music, percussion based, educational program covers a broad spectrum of music from around the world; brings guest artists from the community into the classroom; and offers field trips and the opportunity to create a socially themed public performance piece for students in our Teaching Artist Residency programs.
Roots & Rhythms offers three primary programming options with teaching materials where applicable:
K-5th School Assemblies
Interactive Team Building Assemblies
60- and 90-minute Special Workshops
Fundamentals of Rhythm and Sound with basic Science of Sound module
Instrument-making utilizing found objects and recyclables
Teaching Artist Residencies
Semester-long, after school programming; meets STAAR requirements in math, science, geography, and music
Sample curriculum available
...a gift for engaging children and bringing out the best in them regardless of their challenges.”
Sarah Averill Grant Director 21st CCLC Austin ISD
Djembe Lesson Plan created by Dr. Craig Woodson
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