A drumline is a group of percussionists and performers that march and move their bodies while they’re playing music. Watch this video to see the Montbello Drumline in action.
Now, create your own classroom drumline.
- Choose three (or more!) simple rhythms as a class. We suggest that one of the rhythms is just quarter notes to keep a beat.
- Choose an interesting way to perform that rhythm. For example, for the quarter note rhythm, kids could march in place, move their body side to side with each beat, or clap high and low.
- Have the student(s) performing the simplest rhythm start. When they’re comfortable, add the next rhythm on top and so on, until each student/group of students is performing their rhythm and movement.
- Point to different groups to have them start and stop their rhythms to change the feel of the music.