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Drumming Up Character

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"Drumming Up Character" is a powerful, multi-disciplinary curriculum for character education and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), combining ensemble drumming, dancing, character rap songs, and the performing arts. Designed to fulfill state and national educational standards, this unique program also includes reading, writing, and creative arts activities designed to build critical thinking skills.
Drumming Up Character
Dancing Drum developed "Drumming Up Character" during a summer program with at-risk youth in Southern California. The challenge was to create a curriculum that would engage and inspire students grades K-8 to learn about good character and how to become a better person. That summer, the upbeat and fun style of the Drumming Up Character program created an environment where learning about good character was a "cool" thing to do. Students eagerly embraced the exciting music, and they worked together to learn the character raps, rhythms, and dances for their performance on Family Night.

The program was such a tremendous success that we decided to write a curriculum book that would enable other teachers to implement Drumming Up Character at their schools. The goal was to create a straight-forward and accessible approach so that anybody, even teachers without a background in music education, could implement the program. Since the first publication, thousands of schools nationwide and internationally have successfully implemented Drumming Up Character with their students.

"This is the best character education program I have seen. Very motivating for kids. My students are rehearsing the "Responsibility Rap" for our next citizenship assembly. They just love the music! I will talk to my principal about this program. I think our whole school should adopt it." 
- Teacher, Ontario, Canada


The Drumming Up Character Teacher's Guide includes:

A TEACHER'S "HOW TO" with 50+ pages on:
• Dancing Drum's Rhythm Phonics method
• Leading drumming activities in the classroom
• Leading dancing and singing activities
• Implementing a performance-based program

• 10 Character Chapters
• 10 Profiles in Character (historical biographies)
• 10 Character in Action activities
• 10 Character Raps
• 10 Character Rhythms, with Rhythm Phonics and standard notations
• 10 Adinkra Symbols and Interpretations
• 100+ Photos & Illustrations
• Vocabulary Synonyms & Antonyms
• Reading Comprehension questions
• Performance Invitation & Certificate of Achievement
• Teacher's Key & Bibliography

• CD with 21 music tracks, with and without lyrics
• DVD with full instructions for all rhythms and dances

“Drumming Up Character” was awarded approval for Social Content Compliance from the California Department of Education. This means that the Drumming Up Character book, CD, and DVD adhere to state educational standards for portraying democratic values, cultural pluralism, and the diversity of our population by emphasizing people in a variety of important roles.