Easy Bucket Drumming
From Themes & Variationsby Matthew Dane Peavoy
Easy Bucket Drumming is a collection of fun and upbeat arrangements for students age six and above. As students work through this resource, they will learn to read quarter and eighth note rhythms, adapt to different tempos, and develop hand independence. Students will also learn about musical concepts such as form, dynamics, accents, and improvisation. Buckets are cheap and easy to store! Can you imagine trying to store a set of 30 congas in your music room? You probably already have a few buckets lying around and could easily get a class set from donations alone. Drum sticks are also inexpensive, but a set of wooden dowels from a dollar store will work just as well! You can produce four unique sounds on a bucket drum by hitting the sides, top, rim or clicking the sticks. By using larger or smaller buckets, you can create even more variety in sounds and form a bucket drumming ensemble. We have developed an easy to read notation that allows students to switch between these sounds and prepares them for reading other percussion notation.