Students at two schools will be moving to the beat of some special drums next school year, thanks to a grant from the SIA Foundation. Music teacher Maria Ziegman received a $5,301 grant to purchase world music drums for classes at Mayflower Mill Elementary School and Battle Ground Intermediate School.
Students will develop a solid foundation of music theory and apply what they learn using the drumming ensembles. Ziegman says drumming ensembles not only are a therapeutic way of relieving stress, but also develop a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration.
“I am really hoping next year that learning to be part of a drumming ensemble will help develop teamwork and new appreciation and love of music,” says Ziegman. “Learning to put together multiple parts to create music is a new challenge which is very rewarding when accomplished. As we introduce new world music instruments, students will also be developing an understanding of the cultures of their origin.”