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Multicultural Rhythms in the Classroom
Module 1 - Teaching Spanish Rumba

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Who is this module for?

The professional development modules have been designed for primary and secondary school teachers, music specialists and community workers who want to expand their teaching and facilitating to include rhythms from around the world with their classes and groups. The module is fun and accessible, requiring minimum preparation, and promises educational and empowering experiences for both the teacher and the students. No musical experience is necessary.

What is this module about?

This first professional development module introduces you to fun ways to teach Spanish rumba with your group through language, clapping, body percussion and instruments. Using a step by step approach spanning three classes or sessions, you will learn how to teach and play rhythms in three and two, and then combine this into a rumba ensemble by the third lesson. Thoroughly supported with lesson plans and background notes with extra ideas, you will be able to inspire and engage your group with minimum time and effort.

What will I learn?

In this module, you will learn:

  • how to teach a 'rhythm in three' using language, clapping, body percussion and instruments
  • how to teach a 'rhythm in two' using language, clapping, body percussion and instruments
  • how to teach rumba using language, clapping, body percussion and instruments
  • how to set up a rumba ensemble with your group
  • fun exercises and games to engage students
  • background to rumba
What age should my students be?

The material in this video is aimed at for children from 7 - 15 years. However, it can be tailored to suit both older and younger ages.

What is included?
  • Instructional Video with step by step demonstration of rhythms exercises and games being taught (20 minutess)
  • Written notes guiding you through the module including notation of all rhythms and exercises, background history of rumba, three distinct lesson plans, glossary and extra exercises and ideas to use with your group.
  • Clear explanations using visual auditory and kinaesthetic approaches to learning
  • HD (High Definition) video with close ups and split screens so you can easily see correct technique
How long is the module?

Material included in this module is equlvalent to a three hour Professional Development Session

About your teacher

Claudia lived in Spain for five years studying percussion with many cajon players including Isaac Figueras (Chiquelo, Diego Carrasco) and Juan Flores (Duquende, Manuel Soto). She then moved to Ireland to play and record with Mexican guitar duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and went on to work with other artists including folk legend Luka Bloom. For the next three years she performed in many parts of Europe including Holland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland and Spain. She also taught cajon and drums at the Irish Drum Academy and Waltons School of Music. She now lives in Sydney and performs with various groups, and teaches percussion for the Department of Education and Training.
Find out more about Claudia.

"Claudia has been a great asset to the children at our school and has increased student engagement levels immensely. Claudia has also collaborated with staff members and has professionally developed my skills and knowledge to teach music, in particular drumming to children in primary schools. It has been a pleasure working with her over the past two years." Stephanie Bell
Teacher, Curran Public School, Sydney
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Level: Primary and secondary school teachers, music specialists and community workers
Prerequisites: No musical experience is necessary
Start Date: Anytime
Teacher: Claudia Chambers
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