Children ages 6-8 at Goddard Riverside Community learn to make and play drums
Special for THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!
(c) Amir Bey, 2008
Goddard Riverside Community Center, where I teach art, the Youth Program introduces a variety of topical themes for children to focus on. This year, it's recycling, and I decided to show how materials can be recycled to make art. For my Friday class, we took 32 oz. juice cans and made them into drums. In a collaborative project with Ernesto Rodriguez, the music instructor there, the children then joined his students in a procession and did some jamming. This video shows the process of learning, both in the children playing instruments they made, and with Rodriguez's instruction. Mind you, these children are 6-8 years, and some of them have learned certain aspects of drumming that would have made the master Chano Pozo of Cuba proud.