I see different kinds of fitness drumming all over youtube. I wanted to do a fitness class using more traditional music, rather than all of the pop music. If you look at some of the published programs out there, they are very expensive and there is no traditional music used. I have done a lot of research and figured out a way to make it work for very little money. I do it as a before school program from 7:30-8:15. It is tricky because I pick up the kids from the front door and then we go to the before school lady’s office to pick up the equipment. I used a rolling crate to move the lunch totes and the kids have to carry their own balls. If one student isn’t there, we don’t have enough balls, although I have solved that problem somewhat by carrying one ball on top of my lunch totes and keeping a couple of balls in my portable. I give the kids on time tickets that accumulate toward prizes if they get there within the first 5 minutes. I just started that and think it will help get them there on time.
Make your own by buying 1 inch PVC pipe from your hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowes. Cut them to about a foot. I believe those stores will cut them for you if you ask. Buy electrical tape from those stores in whatever colors you want. I bought it in blue and yellow, our school colors. Wrap them in stripes. They are very durable. After a month of using them, they are still in perfect condition and the kids are so busy, they don’t have time to pull the tape off.
A Platform for the Balls
EDIT: After using the Walmart tubs, I would advise that you get some more sturdy ones if you can afford it. The Walmart ones are thin and break easily. If you watch the nutcracker video, you’ll see that part near the end where the kids turn their tubs over and drum on them. We had some tubs crack.
Storage of Equipment
How to teach it
I also found this video that is traditional Christmas music. We, of course, won’t use the video. I wish I could find the music this is based on, since it is cut off at the beginning. We do this one at 75% speed so it is easier to do. Full speed is just too fast for us. I have also added more jumping on particular places to make it more physical. It is a great workout when you do that.
Creating Our Own Routine
Finally, I searched far and wide to find this great music to make our own routine. The first thing I did was to analyze the form of the music.
Here is the form of it:
My kids made up the moves for this. I am pretty proud of what they’ve come up with. A tip for getting kids to make up good moves is to find other fitness drumming videos that you like to see some ideas of moves. If you look at the other videos I have above, you will notice some of the same moves in our nutcracker routine. I would take suggestions from the kids and then we would discuss and decide on what to do. Here is a link to our December assembly performance.
I just heard the soundtrack from the Trolls movie. In the Hall of the Mountain King from it would be another great piece of music for a routine. Maybe I’ll use it next semester!
EDIT: Lindsay Stirling’s Dance from the final would make a great Drumming up fitness piece!
Have fun drumming up fitness!