Caption: Percussionists explore music, geography, history and the science of sound through drums and percussion instruments.
The sound of more than 70 drums and percussion instruments at the same time can be a bit overwhelming to some, but it is very exciting if you are a young student.
On October 8, every student and teacher at Oakland-Scotland School became a percussionist during a special day of learning about music and drums.
Local percussionists from the group Tribal Thunder, worked with students for hour long sessions to play and create music, as well as to talk about music, geography, history, and the science of sound.
“The whole time was wicked awesome. I really liked the drums and watching the water move in the bowl when he (the presenter) moved his hand around it,” said Grade 5 student, Fenton Loker.
Classmate Keira Popp really liked playing her drum, learning about all of the cool instruments, and being out of the class for a while.
Students were shown woodwind, string and percussion instruments from various cultures. The most exciting part for the students and teachers was when each was able to play beats and rhythms on their own hand drums. Students were also able to see how sound waves travel through water through Tibetan Singing Bowls.
Loker and Popp are excited about creating music and seeing other presentations this year.
“Rock on to it,” said Loker.