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Lesson Plan

Dance: African Drumming
Subject: Art
Grade span: 4 to 8
Duration: Two 45-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Thinking and Talking About Works of Art


This lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Thinking and Talking About Works of Art. In this activity, students learn how music can convey meaning, and how African societies use the music of the Djembe drum to communicate messages. Working in small groups, students will create their own messages using the Djembe drum.

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