“Dancing Drum’s program creates a community of respect, it exposes them to other cultures and connects them to their own culture, it is active and fun, and there is immediate success. The drumming sounds fantastic. All of the students feel successful and relate to the beat. Music is so important to this age group, and it is an excellent bridge for cross-curriculum writing and math. Socially, it creates teamwork and is an excellent release of emotion that is often held inside.”
KathleenPrincipal, Santa Barbara, CA
"One of our challenges is to provide a variety of high-quality enrichment activities that engage children (during after school hours) and that lead to improved behavior and student achievement. "Drumming Up Character" was a valuable addition to our program because it helped us achieve our goal of supporting student progress on California Content Standards in innovative ways. Dancing Drum activities build vocabulary, reading comprehension, geography, history, and at the same time they unleash children's exuberant musical creativity and provides them a means to expressing deep feelings in a productive way."
Theresa W.Director of Healthy Start and A-OK Programs, Santa Barbara Schools, CA
"One of my 5th grade classes made a video of the Courage Rap, which was broadcast on our morning announcements in March as that was our character education word of the month. They had a great time putting it together and all of the teachers, students, counselors, and administrators have been very impressed with this cross-curricular tie in to so many subjects and standards. Thanks so much for your help and your products."
MikeMusic Teacher, Nesbit, GA
“I am looking forward to using the program in my class. This is the best character education program I have seen. Very motivating for kids. My students are rehearsing the “Responsibility Rap” for our next citizenship assembly. They just love the music! I think our whole school should adopt this program.”
AnnyTeacher, Ontario, Canada
“I want to thank you for the good work that you do and more so the drum concept that you have introduced in the world of character education. I have watched your DVD and listened to the CD. It is such an amazing program. It will relieve us from the just cognitive, didactic approach that we have focused on in the past 6 years.”
ArthurTeacher, Nairobi, Kenya
"We have three programs...a coed teenager program, an all-boy teenager program, and an adult program...I have done more than half of the Drumming Up Character series now with all three programs, and in every case it has been well received...I wanted to share that, because when I sat in your workshop, it was to get resources to implement in an elementary music classroom setting. I never imagined using that sort of material with teenagers and adults, and in a rehab setting at that, for music therapy. It is exciting and gratifying for me to share the fun of drumming with these individuals in the care of our company, and I just thought you guys would want to know how far your program has reached."
DanielMusic Teacher & Therapist, Memphis, TN
"As an educator, I am grateful that my students were able to be a part of this program, not only because it's "fun," but because of the important link between music, particularly rhythm, and learning...Playing rhythms coordinates the moving center with the learning center, and there is a lot of research that supports this connection, which is why these programs are so vital to the development of students."
Ty5th Grade Teacher, Goleta, CA
The 5th graders performed the Perseverance Rap as a part of their spring program and the school body and staff absolutely loved it! The 2nd graders studied Susan B. Anthony as part of their "Biography Museum" program and performed the Fairness Rap. It was a hit as well!