About This Program
Steel Drums in the Classroom
Bring the month-long professional development drum program, Steel Drums in the Classroom, to your school to train teachers to teach a steel drum unit for the price of a one-week residency. Learn the basics of playing and teaching the steel drum with Rockcreek Steel Drums’ lesson plans, instruments, music, and materials. Rockcreek Steel Drums will kick off the program by performing its interactive assembly, “The Steel Drum Experience,” for students. Teachers will receive a one-on-one professional development session. MSDE or AU credit may be available (pending approval). Steel Drums in the Classroom is available annually in April and May and is limited to 10 schools.
Sample Common Core Connection: Speaking/Listening 2 CCR Anchor Standard: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats.
*All workshops longer than 90 minutes include an on-site orientation meeting.
"The impact of the residency with Rockcreek Steel Drums is hard to put into words. Our students, including some of our most shy students, challenged themselves to learn new concepts and push beyond their comfort zone. They performed beautifully in front of more people than they would normally be comfortable being in a room with. I've heard only positive feedback of the experience and we look forward to working with Rockcreek Steel Drums in the future! ... Kevin Martin is a gem. This residency provided our school with just the kind of music experience we needed. I wish we could keep him year-round!"
"Kevin Martin was engaging and made sure that residency was appropriate for all the students involved. He also brought in guest artists to help and made sure that the students connected with the music he chose. He is an excellent teacher and motivator and shows passion and enthusiasm for his art. Kevin's passion for the steel drum, and music of the Caribbean will leave student's inspired to learn more."