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Pen-drumming: A Practical Music-Making Alternative

Added: 19 Oct 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Demonstration / Guide/notes / Audio / Video / Presentation

This PowerPoint suggests how to introduce pen-drumming in the classroom with a view to allowing students to continue to experience practical music-making and develop rhythmic skills under current restraints (2020). It continues to look at how such activity can support other areas of learning in the class.

How it maps to the curriculum


Strand: 2. Innovate and Ideate

Strand unit: 6. Design a Rhythmic / Melodic Ostinato

Suggestions for use: Pen-drumming is effective in encouraging confidence in group and individual music-making. It enables students to explore rhythms, ostinati, layering, dynamics, tempo, pulse and form. It allows students to look at ‘effects’ in music and encourages an awareness of balance and performance critiquing in students. It’s also great fun!

Key Skills:

  • Being Creative
  • Communicating
  • Working with Others
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

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