virgin teacher for 1-time ensemble/circle workshop! advice?

salvo

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Greetings folks! Call me Salvo!

1st off, mad props to this forum and its supporters and posters, I've been appreciating all the info learned the past few months since I discovered this site! I have read a post in the drum lessons forum about another 1st time kit teacher, but decided to open a new topic since it is more of a drum circle type workshop. This will be my first time ever teaching a group formally, so I'd appreciate all well-thought criticism!

MY SITUATION:
I agreed to have a 1-time drum/percussion workshop for a group of about 10-15 middle-aged newbies/beginners for 90 minutes. I've decided to make it drum circle style.

GOALS FOR THE WORKSHOP:
1. make it fun and interesting for a group of beginners!
2. educate basic brief drum history, interesting facts, and particular history of each instrument
3. basic volume/tempo awareness and drum circle dynamics
4. encourage individual/sub-group creativity

MY EXPERIENCE:
-Tahitian drummer from 90-98; toeres (wood blocks), pahu (bass drum), fatete (shark skin drum with sticks)
-Drumkit since 95, self-taught except for a jazz improv class and various workshops

GEAR TO BE USED:
5-piece drumset to be divided (i.e. 1 tom per person), timbale, clave, 2 cowbells, tahitian drums, tamborine. I have cymbals too but am debating whether to use them in my exercises

ONE EXERCISE I'M USING:
I. "Sound Transmission"
a. group forms circle, all facing center of circle
b. arbitrary assignment of one instrument per person
c. Starting with a random person, everyone takes turns hitting their instrument once at 120bpm in a clockwise/counter rotation
d. volume and tempo, specific for each instrument, should be noted
e. instruments should rotate, so that all can play every instrument available
***VARIATION: for a specific sequence, each player remembers their order in the sequence. The circle then disperses into a random scattered group throughout the room, then the same sequence is repeated.

I am debating whether to teach specific percussion patterns, but most likely I want the group to create their own rhythms individually and collectively. Any suggestions!? Please be critical of the above exercise, I would deeply appreciate it!

Salvo
 
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