Upon entering the Wickes Elementary School this year, you are likely to hear the rumblings of students “Drumming Up Character” in Mr. Huckabey’s music class. Cossatot River School District has invested in “Dancing Drums” unique African drumming program to help enhance a “well-rounded education” for our students.
The students are learning how to play djembes, djun djuns, small hand percussion, and a variety of other instruments. By using these world instruments, the students have become highly motivated in music class. As a result of implementing this program, students are not only learning to express themselves through music, but are also growing as young citizens by learning and practicing such character traits as; Caring, Integrity, Respect, Self-Control, Trustworthiness, and Perseverance.
Mr. Huckabey has already seen huge benefits from bringing the African Drums into the classroom. Students are more excited to learn about new cultures as well as being more engaged in class. Students are also enjoying working as a team to create music.