Educational Programs

All of BOOM's programs involve drumming but they all have the same focus - your students. 

BOOM's interactive drumming programs will give your students the chance to explore, create and perform.  They will improve their ability to listen, collaborate and communicate. They will learn about self-respect and respect for others. They will grow in their own confidence and ability while they interact positively with others and learn to appreciate the power of each person’s uniqueness.  And besides being tons of fun, BOOM programs also address a variety of Ontario Curriculum outcomes from across several subject areas. 

Paul Houle - Passion, Experience and Expertise

 Learning about the Belly Dance Drum 1998

Learning about the Belly Dance Drum 1998

Paul Houle has 20 years of teaching experience at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, 20 years as a corporate speaker, 1000+ school workshops all over the GTA and a 30-year career as a classical and world music percussionist - plus he's a Dad with lots of first hand kid experience.  All this gives Paul Houle lots to bring to your school population. See Paul's full bio here.

Each time we work together, he continues to amaze me, and more importantly the students, parents and staff, with his talent as a musician and his knowledge of music from cultures around the world. His extraordinary ability to manage small groups and differentiate his approach to meet the diverse needs of all students is wonderful. It is an experience everyone will remember.
— Theresa Longlade, Principal Clarkson Public School Mississauga, ON
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Choose from these programs for your school: 

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The Boom Druming Kids Keynote

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In a BOOM Drumming Kids Keynote your students sit in a huge circle or rows of concentric circles, allowing them to connect visually and orally with their peers while Paul presents from the centre of the circle. 

BOOM’s collection of drums from around the world act as a metaphor for the different voices we all have and give students a chance to learn how to create something unique by being who they are while respecting the differences of others.

 

Each participant will have a drum or percussion instrument to play and it will be chaotic, cacophonous, and wonderful. 

As Paul magically brings the chaos to order, participants will contribute live to the keynote while Paul leads them through simple musical pieces that challenge their listening and cooperative skills. They will learn about leading and following. They will learn about depending on each other. They will learn about being creative and they will learn about trust. In the end they will come away smiling and cheering while knowing that it was the power of the group that made their success happen.  

Target Grades: 3 to 8 

Participants:  No more than 200 students per session. Please break down into Junior (Grades 3,4 & 5) and Intermediate (Grades 6,7 & 8) for separate sessions.  

Duration: Approximately 1 hour per session. No more than 4 sessions per day.

Rates are dependent on the scope of the program.

“BOOM! - a big sound that translated into a dynamic and joyful celebration- inspiring teacher leadership and sustainable lessons on community building and musical expression for the classroom and in life!”
— Siobhan Belanger, Principal Bristol Road Middle School Mississauga, ON
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The BOOM Drumming Residency

 Residency performance 2017

Residency performance 2017

Get your school vibrating with a Boom Drumming Residency where your students will gain hands-on experience with music from Africa, Brazil, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean. Paul will even throw in a little rock-and-roll along with a focus on improvisation.   Aside from learning basic techniques on his exotic collection of hand drums and percussion instruments, students will learn about creativity, the importance of diversity, the importance of community, respect and team work.

 

 

Over a 2-to-3 week period, and with several grades, Paul will visit your desired classes for 3 60 minute sessions (45 minutes for JK, SK, 1, 2, & 3,).   During these classes your students will enjoy learning and creating with Paul's instruments while he sneaks in various curriculum based goals on music, math, science, geography and history.

This residency culminates with a daytime concert that includes all residency participants performing in front of the whole school. Each grade will have a chance to showcase their work.  It is also possible to repeat the concert for the parent community in the evening if desired. In some cases, this residency has led up to a Winter Holiday celebratory concert.   

Target grades: K to 12

Participant limit: 20 to 30 (class by class)

Duration: 45 minutes - 60 minutes depending on grade.

Rates are dependent on the scope of the program.

 

  • Minimum of 3 workshops/group for residency with culminating student performance

  • Single workshops/group available without culminating performance.

  • Must schedule at least three workshops in one day.

Paul Houle brought drums and drum circles to Westview with amazing success. An excellent teacher and communicator, he achieved instant rapport with hard-to-reach adolescents, and consistently brought out the best in them, in behavior and performance. Teachers admired him for injecting excitement and enthusiasm in their classes, and for the way he adapted to the constraints of working in a school schedule. Some of my best memories of Westview are of losing myself in a drum circle with my students, and finding in them strengths and talents I had never anticipated.”
— Marilyn Eisenstat, Coordinator of Transition 
 Westview Centennial Secondary School Toronto, ON
 
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BOOM Rockstar bucket drumming

 BOOM Rockstar Bucket Drumming 2018

BOOM Rockstar Bucket Drumming 2018

BOOM offers a different kind of bucket drumming class. Not only will students learn about how rhythm, sound, and beats can be made from any surface; the kids will get to experience what it's like to be a rock star drummer.

While rocking out on Paul's specially modified plastic buckets with his ear-friendly drum sticks, (ones that allow for a very comfortable volume level), students will learn about basic drumming technique, musical form and structure, the importance of listening and counting, and improvisation. 

A culminating event will showcase the students’ progress. 

Target grades: JK to 8

Participant limit: 

Jk to Gr 2 - 10 students per session;  Gr 3 to 8 - 20 to 30 students per session

Duration: 40 minutes - 50 minutes depending on grade.

Rates are dependent on the scope of the program.

This is my favourite class. It’s so much fun.
— Sophie - Grade 2 student
 
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team building programs for teachers, principals and superintendents

“Working with Paul Houle was a wonderful experience for our staff and for myself as the organizer. Our staff was lead through a process that brought everybody together using beat, rhythm and sound. Even those who claimed that they could not possibly carry a beat, were contributing to a group effort. It seemed effortless on Paul’s part for he accomplished this through laughter and encouragement. As the organizer, it was simple, I just found the location, and Paul did the rest. He had the room set up with instruments and directed the staff as they entered the room. The whole process was fun and easy to organize.”
— Robin Royeton, Vice principal Sir Robert L. Borden Toronto, ON

Why should the kids get to have all the fun? 

Seriously! Working with people can be challenging at times so it's nice to have a way to examine how we adults can be more cooperative and more collaborative while we have a little fun at the same time.  

These team-building workshops are just like the ones Paul's big name corporate clients get but priced for the people whose passion is improving the minds of our children. 

Paul's workshop ranges from 45 minutes to 2 hours and are customizable to meet your needs - perfect for PD days or off-sites. He is frequently asked to address the topics below but we can also customize a program for you:

  • Collaboration

  • Leadership

  • Building trust

  • Dealing with Change

Learn more about these topics here.

For my superintendency TEAM, The BOOM
experience was a way to reinforce
relationships and to build community during a
time of significant leadership change within our
schools. Paul reminded us about how to
observe the existing rhythm within our
workplaces and how to respectfully enter and
influence change. It was fun and energizing
and set the tone for our learning retreat.
— Penny Gingell Superintendent Peel District School Board
 
 Secret Meeting of Superintendents

Secret Meeting of Superintendents