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Middle School project ideas

I teach HS and MS choirs with a very creative schedule.  Because I have some MS students everyday and some only 2-3 days a week, I often do projects with my "everyday" students so that those days become a little more like General Music class.  Currently I do 2 units in which I teach ukulele and bucket drumming.  I do a smaller project entitled, "What In The World Are You Listening To" in which students study the popular music of other cultures.  I would like to add more projects to my list so that I have more to choose from each year.  Any ideas?
Thank you!
 
Carrie M.
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on August 8, 2013 12:25pm
Carrie, could you tell me more about your bucket drumming unit? And I'll try to post some things I've done too! (I teach 5 classes of ms gen music everyday.)
 
Thanks!
on July 2, 2014 6:52pm
Busy year!  I apologize for not getting back with you.  I initially used performance videos on Youtube to encourage the students and used rudimentary rhythms to begin.  My students were asked to bring 5 gallon buckets to school (but I gleaned quite a few from the cafeteria ladies and maintenance staff).  I purchased cheap drumsticks from our local musical store and they cut me a really good deal.  I did require my students to bring ear protection due to having 30+ students drumming at the same time.  They usually brought the cheap orange squishy ear plugs and kept them in their choir binders.  
We began with simple call and response patterns and graduated to more difficult ensemble "pieces" that they created.   They found it easiest to use specific words for specific rhythms - pep-per-ro-ni, pep-per-ro-ni, etc.  I just found a website called www.bucketdrumming.net that seems pretty helpful.  My numbers this next year are "off the charts" - 70+ for my "every day" groups so I do not think I will be able to bucket drum this year.
 
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