Students in Sistema Toronto’s program learn percussion techniques and theory. Kids in grades 1-2 in Music & Movement learn areas of percussion including how to identify and classify pitched and unpitched percussion, proper mallet, stick and hand drum technique. This sets them up for success when they begin percussion classes in their second year. Students in grades 3-8 at all centres participate in group percussion ensemble and theory classes each week. These classes are designed to develop aural, rhythmic, and ensemble skills to enhance students’ abilities and help them in their ensemble playing in orchestra, choir and strings classes. In addition to music outcomes, Sistema Toronto’s Percussion Program promotes teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence by working together in drum ensembles and performing for their communities, as well as providing a creative outlet for students living in underserved communities.
Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation.