Thirty Yale Elementary students move to the beat of a different drum thanks to the Colorado non-profit organization RhythmVision. Beginning in December 2005, the students began learning drumming techniques and made their own colorful drums during their weekly after-school sessions.
Over the past three months the students created music for a CD. The students will share their music while highlighting their newly acquired skills at a drumming event on March 23 at 3 p.m.
The RhythmVision program teaches student more than just drumming techniques. The students also learn belonging, independence, mastery, and generosity through functioning as a drum community. Students sit in a circle formation. After learning their parts, each student has the opportunity to lead the drum circle and direct the music.
"This is a great program. Before I started, I didn't like being in groups. Now I'm okay with being with other people. It has really helped me fit in more in the classroom," fifth-grader Aliyah said.
Yale teachers have seen significant changes in the student participants. "These students use this time as a creative outlet. I have watched them become more confident and supportive of each other," Yale teacher Dorothy Parker said.
Yale Elementary School is located at 16001 E. Yale Avenue.