“We all work together as a team and we never give up.”
—Khalil, 7th grade
In our weekly after-school percussion ensemble at Bregy School, students learn drumming and so much more: teamwork, creative thinking, self-confidence, cultural awareness.
Students make their own bucket drums and rain sticks out of everyday materials. They learn about Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean drumming traditions. They also work collaboratively to compose rhythm poems and group compositions. Additional sessions with a spoken word poet boost creative writing skills and connect language with rhythm.
The ensemble has opportunities to perform at a LiveConnections Bridge Session each spring, and at our Big Hurrah fundraising event in the fall.
Lead teaching artist Josh Robinson says, “Drumming can be used as a tool to teach an array of life skills. It provides a positive and creative outlet for young people to express themselves and release their emotions in a safe space.”
F. Amedee Bregy School in South Philadelphia is a K-8 school in the School District of Philadelphia. Their vision is to foster academic excellence for a diverse community of learners in which students are intrinsically motivated to become knowledge seekers, problem solvers, and culturally accepting individuals. As a school community, they create a nurturing and safe learning environment where all students feel accepted and valued.
Project-specific support has been provided by The Horner Foundation and PNC Charitable Trusts.
We’re grateful for the numerous foundations, corporations and individuals who support our programs. See a complete list here.