West African Drumming can be a vibrant, relevant part of a wide variety of curriculae, including (but not limited to):
Programs can feature a large performing group, a small performing group or a solo presentation. In each, a wide variety of percussion instruments are demonstrated and performed, and the ensuing discussion includes how the instruments are constructed, their acoustic principles, on what occasions they are played, etc. The presentation includes a highly interactive session with multi-tonal, modern percussion instruments called Boomwhackers, in which the group members create their own unique musical piece. Presentations can be adapted to integrate with virtually any relevant curriculum, depending on the objectives of the curriculum. A number of students may get the opportunity to play some of the African drums and learn a traditional rhythm, and all members of the group learn traditional West African songs . Likewise, depending on the ages and size of the group, students are invited to rap with a beat that Chuck plays, demonstrating the connection between the skills of the ancient praise-singer jeli class of West Africa, and the rap artists of today's popular music.
Chuck Cogliandro’s school programs give students exposure to music, language, instruments, and cultures from West Africa. They provide a living, tangible example of how people from another culture live, communicate, and celebrate together and maintain their connections to each other and to the cycles of nature.
Program participants benefit from:
Contact Chuck to discuss a drumming workshop for your school.