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Sample Syllabi

The following sample syllabi show you how the 15 lessons of Roots of Rhythm can be adapted and combined to meet your curriculum needs. In each case, the model of a typical six-week elementary or junior high school calendar block has been used. These plans are based on the core curriculums of New York and California.

A: Social Studies

Grade 5—US & Latin American History (New York/California)

Week Country/Culture Drum RoR Lesson
1 Portugal Adufe Lesson 1
2 Ghana Dondo Lesson 5
3 Cuba Bongo Lesson 2
4 Lakota Nation Lakota Drum Lesson 7
5 Trinidad Steel Drums Lesson 13
6 USA Turntable Lesson 15
Alternates: Brazil (Pandeiro/Lesson 11), Guinea (Djembe/Lesson 4)

Grade 6—The Eastern Hemisphere (New York)

Week Country/Culture Drum RoR Lesson
1 Romania Buhai Lesson 3
2 Turkey Naqqara Lesson 8
3 Egypt Sajat Lesson 10
4 Japan Kakko Lesson 6
5 Thailand Ranat Ek Lesson 9
6 India Tabla Lesson 15

Grade 6—Ancient Civilizations (California)

Week Country/Culture Drum RoR Lesson
1 Guinea Djembe Lesson 4
2 Egypt Sajat Lesson 10
3 Turkey Naqqara Lesson 8
4 Lakota Nation Lakota Drum Lesson 7
5 Japan Kakko Lesson 6
6 India Tabla Lesson 14
Alternates: Ghana (Dondo/Lesson 5), Thailand (Ranat Ek/Lesson 9)

 

B: MST/Math, Science, & Technology (New York)

Grade 5—MST Key Ideas: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach

Week Subject Key Idea Drum RoR Lesson Activity
1 Math Problem Solving Bongos Lesson 2 Group drumming with TUBS notation
2 Math Math in Everyday Life Ranat Ek Lesson 9 Aristotle and the math behind music
3 Science Scientific Inquiry/Method Turntable Lesson 15 The invention of recorded music
4 Science Energy Production & Conservation Dondo Lesson 5 Materials science behind sound/pitch
5 Technology Engineering Design Djembe Lesson 4 Build a djembe drum
6 Technology Impact of Human Engineering Steel Drums Lesson 13 Commerce and war in the Caribbean

 

C: Arts & Music (California)

Grade 6—Visual & Performing Arts Key Ideas: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach

Week Subject Key Idea Drum RoR Lesson Activity
1 Dance Development of Motor Skills Lakota Drum Lesson 7 Symbolic movements in Lakota dance
2 Dance History & Function of Dance Pandeiro Lesson 11 Culture of Brazilian capoeira dancing
3 Music Artistic Perception Bongos Lesson 2 Group drumming with TUBS notation
4 Music Historical & Cultural Perspectives Buhai Lesson 3 The role of the buhai in Romanian culture
5 Visual Arts Artistic Perception Adufe Lesson 1 The symbolic use of the adufe in Portugal
6 Visual Arts Historical & Cultural Perspectives Turntable Lesson 15 Explore the hip-hop/break dancing/graffiti art of 1980s Brooklyn