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French or English Middle to Secondary Levels

Rhythmic art!

Drumming, percussion, dance and world songs!

Intended for…

  • Public School Districts
  • French Immersion school programs
  • Francophone School Division “Conseil Scolaire Francophone”
  • Private School Program
Designed for schools…
  • Cultural Events
  • Assemblies
  • Classroom Presentation
  • Social & Cultural Studies Curriculum
  • Music curriculum
  • Artist in Residency Program
  • Performance

Middle to Secondary Levels

This program responds to the creative and artistic need of youth!

Expect a high energy and interactive experience for you and your students!

The pace and content maintains interest and motivates youth in a positive learning environment.

This program provides peer group interaction and individual leadership roles for all to experience a sense of success through world rhythms.

A rtist/ Educator, Angela Roy facilitates the program through hand drumming, vocal and body percussion, song and dance activities!

Cultural Content

The songs and rhythms taught in the program mainly encompass Africa, India First Nations & French Canadian cultural influences.

The content is a mosaic of cultural diversity, which displays the similarities within these cultures through the art of rhythm.

What to expect?

High energy presentation that will inspire students to participate and discover their rhythmic abilities!

The set up will be a semi circle to enable maximum interaction and space for team work and leadership experiences.

West African drums and variety of world percussion instruments will be provided for each student as well as costumes and props!

“ Angela came to do a drumming workshop with our French Immersion and Francophone Secondary Students. I was amazed by Angela’s ability to inspire my students and encourage their participation. By the second minute of her workshop, she had every student involved and some of the shyest students were the first to volunteer. Angela won the trust of the class… Angela has great spirit and enthusiasm that is truly amazing. Here energy never waned event after four hours of workshops. The students in the first class saw exactly the same Angela as the students in the last class. My student loved her presentation they call it “the best French class ever!”

Kelowna Secondary High school, French Immersion Teacher


Students will explore/discover /learn

  • Body-vocal percussion exercises
  • World & African hand drumming techniques
  • World songs in five languages
  • Creative & Ethnic Dance styles: Modern to African

What is “Body - Vocal Percussion”?

“If you can talk you can sing!”

The rhythms are presented as sound phrases to introduce each drum rhythms.

It is proven that if you can sing or vocalize the rhythm first you’ll be able to play it on a percussion instrument or drum.

The program has adapted this concept into a series of activities called vocal percussion. Through vocal percussion participants can practice rhythm loops and patterns. Two to Seven rhythms can then be layered at one time. The sounds of the vocal rhythm interweave and overlap to create a polyrhythm. Once the sound is practiced and participants are comfortable we will introduce movement.

If you can walk, you can dance!”

This is also an expression shared in the African communities. We will add body movement and rhythmic grooves to compliment each rhythm. This looks like handclapping and foot patterns blended to the movement groves inspired by hip-hop dance.

A multi-sensory experience that is sure to energize drummer and dancers!

School Drummers

World & African Hand drumming

If you can sing the rhythm you can play the rhythm!”

  • Sing and Play Once we have sung the rhythm or beat patterns. We are ready to play the rhythms on the drum.
  • Listen and Play Drum techniques and patterns applying the sounds of the Djembé- the base, tone and slap
  • Practice and PlayThe extended version of each rhythm is played on diverse world percussion instruments and the Djembé.
  • Learn and apply breaks /calls to the rhythms, which indicate a change in tempo, rhythm or beat.
  • Apply and create… Multiple rhythms playing at once create a polyrhythm. We will divide the group into rhythm sections! Each group will play a different rhythm learned. The overlapping of rhythms creates a polyrhythm.

World Song

During the course of the program we will introduces traditional and cotemporary songs in over five different languages.

Once the basic rhythms are master we will layer a song to accompany this ensemble… the outcome is phenomenal! This proves to be fun and energizing for all!


In the dance segment of the program we will introduce rhythmic movement. The movements will accompany the collection of rhythms and breaks.

The break indicates to the dancer to change movements. Before we begin this high-energy movement style we will go through a series of worm-up exercise in order to prepare each person for the dance. Costumes and cool ethnic jewelry are provided to spice up the dance!

Youth Performance Ensemble!

The teaching approach and content is motivating and successful that we can choreograph a 30min show within 4 hours in instructional time! This has been done; the out come is remarkable, gratifying and exciting!


“ On n’a pas seulement joue des chansons, toutes les chansons ont étés expliques- comment et les raisons pour lesquelles on les joue!

Kelowna – Programme Francophone -Teacher

“The enthusiasm of the students towards what was being taught. Excellent work! Several age groups would benefit from this presentation.”

Kelowna – Middle School – French Immersion Teacher

“Constant student involvement and hands-on opportunities. Extremely good connection with the students! Students were motivated and engaged! They came back to class singing and drumming. Asking for a second class we hope to have Angela back !

Vernon – District 22 -French Immersion Teacher


Learning Outcomes

Designed to respond to the education requirement of a school social, cultural music curriculum as well as provide a rich and unique community building experience for each students.

The aim of the program is to create a comfortable space where studens feel motivated to participate and explore these rhythmic activities!

Curriculum learning outcomes

  • To increase hand-eye coordination & global motor skills through multi-sensory & kinesthetic exercises using drumming, song, movement and games
  • To expand verbal and non verbal skills through rhythmic phrases, songs stories and group discussion
  • To exhibit and coach simple to complexes musical rhythm concepts: tempo, timing pace, beats, pattern, dynamic, tone and base through hand drumming exercises and techniques
  • To foster group team work & individual leadership skills through rhythmic activities
  • To play and perform polyrhythm that include several rhythm being played and layered in one musical set
  • To build up & inspire youth through the rhythm, song & dance
  • To transmit basic literacy concepts through narration , group participation and songs
  • To teach the main elements of movement, rhythm, pattern, body, space, energy, shape, and force
  • To generate awareness & knowledge of world music and culture
Developmental Benefits

These finding are based on a research project by Education - Graduate student at the Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC.

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  • Strengthens motor & visual auditory coordination
  • Integrates left & right brain activity
  • Increases ability to concentrate and focus
  • Stimulates problem solving and creative thinking skill


  • Improve dexterity
  • Aids in non-verbal communication
  • Provides a release that brings relaxation and calm


  • Builds self-esteem and confidence
  • Encourages self expression and positive peer interactio


  • Encourages group/peer bonding
  • Promotes individuality and personal awareness of their unique contributions to the group achievements
  • Creates cooperative setting rather than competitive focus
  • Break down cultural, gender and age barriers
  • Teach values towards unity & harmony

“Students loved the drumming, singing and dancing! Excellent effective manner with students!”

Kelowna-Casorso School- District 23 Grade 3 & 4 teacher

“… well organized & excellent behavior management. I enjoyed seeing the students drum!”

Vernon- Alexis Park School- District 22 Grade 5 & 6 teacher

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For Profile of artist/educator Angela Roy click here

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