Sabina's after school program is a group of children that come together to create a rhythm through one of the most powerful instruments
in the world: the DRUM!
The after school enrichment program includes arts and crafts (drum and percussion instrument making), several
weeks of educational drumming, a show and tell program, and a talent show / culminating event where the students come together to
demonstrate to fellow students, teachers, and family, what they have learned.
Children in South Central Los Angeles made these banners for their end of school, culminating events.
Students painting Frame Drums
ARTS & CRAFTS
Pakistan, India, Italy, Ireland, Brazil, many Asian countries, the North America West, and the Middle East possess long traditions of frame drumming. Frame drums go by many names: tar, duff, def, xinjiang, doyre, and kanjira, to name but a few. For centuries the frame drummers of Arab lands were primarily women. In fact, a Hebrew name for the frame drum is tuf miryam, meaning "Miriam's drum". In Morocco a few strands of animal gut or nylon are stretched across the undersurface of a frame drum head to create the snare-like dendir. On Egypt, large jingles are pinned into intricately inlaid frames to make a riq, yet another variation of the familiar frame drums we call tamborines. Ours were made by nailing four pieces of wood into a square frame. Packing tape was wrapped around the frame, and was then painted by the students.
A flat piece of wood, metal, or bone is swung by a string over the player's head. The air passing over and around the object causes it to vibrate, and out comes the sound-a deep whir. One person hears it as voices, another as the drone of an enormous insect, yet another hears the deep throated growl of an animal. Such is the enigmatic character of the Bullroarer.
Building "Chinese Drums" Bolang Gu is grasped by its waist with the hand twisting back and forth, causing the pellets to strike the heads in a rhythmic fashion.
Participating in the "end of school" talent show allows the students to release their inhibitions, learn the true meaning of 'free to be me', and showcase their innate talents.
A djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bambara people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying "Anke djé, anke bé" which translates to "everyone gather together in peace" and defines the drum's purpose. In the Bambara language, "djé" is the verb for "gather" and "bé" translates as "peace".
or pailas are shallow single-headed drums with metal casing, invented in Cuba. They are shallower than single-headed tom-toms, and usually tuned much higher. The player uses a variety of stick strokes, rim shots, and rolls to produce a wide range of percussive expression during solos and at transitional sections of music, and usually plays the shells of the drum or auxiliary percussion such as a cowbell or cymbal to keep time in other parts of the song.
A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater; struck, scraped or rubbed by hand; or struck against another similar instrument. The percussion family is believed to include the oldest musical instruments, following the human voice.
Free To Be Me Academic &
After School Enrichment Program
Painting Bull Roarers while singing "As Long As My Heart Beats" written by teacher Sabina Sandoval