Welcome to Drumming Up Character! This special program will give you plenty of opportunities to explore the meaning of good character through drumming, singing, language arts, history lessons, and other fun activities.
Every day, we are presented with hundreds of choices, big and small. The type of person you are, and the kind of life you will live, is determined by the decisions you make. The goal of Drumming Up Character is to help you make the best choices possible so that you can reach your full potential in life.
Once your school has signed up for the program, you’ll receive a special link and password that will allow you to view all of the lessons in your Character Classroom. We’ve designed it to be as easy as possible to access, but if you have any trouble, you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help!
We hope that you learn many new things about the meaning of good character as you explore the lessons in this program!
Read along with a video lesson that defines the focus character and describes positive and negative choices that people can make in life.
Learn to play the Character Rhythm with drums, body percussion, and found sounds, following Dancing Drum's Musical Director, Mr. Steve, and special guests!
Learn the words to the Character Rap song, with upbeat hip-hop music and colorful text animations!
Learn to perform the Character Rap together with the Character Rhythm, following an interactive video lesson with Mr. Steve!
Read along with a lesson that tells the story of an important historical figure who exemplifies the focus character trait.
This lesson is designed to inspire students to think more deeply about the meaning of the character and put it into action.
Read and color a PDF worksheet featuring an Adinkra (Ah-DEEN-krah) symbol. Adinkras come from West Africa and communicate the shared values of society.
This list of synonyms and antonyms is designed to build vocabulary and deepen your understanding of the trait.
The “Drumming Up Character” Interactive Online School is based on the “Drumming Up Character: Teacher’s Guide“, 2nd Edition, by Lindsay Rust & Steve Campbell of Dancing Drum (ISBN# 978-0-9816724-5-8)
“Drumming Up Character” is a powerful, multi-disciplinary curriculum for character education and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), combining ensemble drumming, dancing, character rap songs, and the performing arts. Designed to fulfill state and national educational standards, this unique program also includes reading, writing, and creative arts activities designed to build critical thinking skills.
Dancing Drum developed “Drumming Up Character” during a summer program with at-risk youth in Southern California. The challenge was to create a curriculum that would engage and inspire students grades K-8 to learn about good character and how to become a better person. That summer, the upbeat and fun style of the Drumming Up Character program created an environment where learning about good character was a “cool” thing to do. Students eagerly embraced the exciting music, and they worked together to learn the character raps, rhythms, and dances for their performance on Family Night.
The program was such a tremendous success that we decided to write a curriculum book that would enable other teachers to implement Drumming Up Character at their schools. The goal was to create a straight-forward and accessible approach so that anybody, even teachers without a background in music education, could implement the program. Since the first publication, thousands of schools nationwide and internationally have successfully implemented Drumming Up Character with their students.
For the first time, we’ve adapted this resource to an online format on this website. We hope that you and your students enjoy all of the resources that you’ll find here, and let us know how it goes!