Music Skills: Percussion Edition


Age: 14–16

Time requirement: 20–60 minutes

Introduced by Lance Corporal Lekai Lee, one of the British Army's Music star drummers, help students learn the importance of basic percussive rudiments and how to create grooves.

Part of a toolkit of four engaging resources produced with British Army Music, the Percussion Edition resources help bridge the gap between KS3 Music and the Music GCSE curriculum. It is also aligned to the Scottish Nat 5 Music curriculum. The toolkit materials build key skills in instrument knowledge, music history, as well as composition and unfamiliar listening skills – each through the lens of a single instrument, with expert input from Army instrumentalists.

The Music Skills: Percussion Edition resource introduces drumming rudiments and different groove styles, builds unfamiliar listening skills and ask students to compose a 'conversation' for two percussion instruments. It aligns with Gatsby Careers Education Benchmarks as well as Music curriculum links and can be completed as a full-length lesson or individual elements used as starters, extension activities, homework or revision aids.

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