4 Educational Drumming Programs to choose from
BOOM's interactive drumming programs will give your students the chance to explore, create and perform. And besides being tons of fun, BOOM programs also address a variety of Ontario Curriculum outcomes from across several subject areas.
1 ExperienceD & Passionate Teacher
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. See Paul's full bio here.
How to get BOOM Drumming into your school:
Choose which program is best for your school
Decide how many classes/students/staff you would like to have participate.
The Boom Druming Kids Keynote
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.
The BOOM Drumming Residency
What it is:
The Boom Drumming Residency is an interactive, classroom based, musical experience guided by seasoned performer and educator, Paul Houle.
How it will benefit your students:
Your students will explore creativity, diversity, community, respect and team work while they learn to make music using Paul’s exotic collection of hand drums and percussion instruments from Canada, Africa, Brazil, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean.
These fun-filled and educational classes examine musical structure, improvisation, the creative process and problem solving while reinforcing listening and cooperation skills.
This workshop opens the door to fascinating conversations allowing students to make connections with different cultures and traditions as well as understand how math, science, geography, and history play a big part in music making.
• The recommended format is a minimum of 3 (and no more than 5) visits per class.
• Classes can be 45 to 60 minutes in length.
• Schools can choose to cap off this residency with a daytime concert (each class performs a short piece). This is totally optional.
***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 or been part special fund raising events.
Rates for all of the above are dependent on the scope of the program desired.
Target grades: Grades 1 to 12
Participant limit: 20 to 30 (class by class)
How you make it happen:
Decide how many grades/ classes that you would like to have participate in the residency
Decide on whether you want to have a concert at the end
Contact Paul to discuss time frame and get a quote
Book the dates and Let’s Get Drumming
BOOM Rockstar bucket drumming
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
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.
team building programs for teachers, principals and superintendents
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:
Dealing with Change
Learn more about these topics here.