Friday, November 2, 2012

Bucket Drum Routine to "Trepak" from Nutcracker

This is a pretty easy piece to learn; start by teaching the A section ONLY with fingertips on drums. Once successful, add B section, then teach C section by imitation. Once they can play it with fingers, add drumsticks or keep fingers. Use bucket drums OR hand drums. As this piece starts out quickly, we'll wait until the 2nd quarter note to start...


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  1. Ok, this really seem like a cool idea but I am not understanding it and i want to. I am actually teaching a simple dance to this song to my 2nd graders for their program and I would love to add this to it. I am not understanding when they play on the drum. Are they playing on the q? Is there a way I can get you to email me more detail?? or see a video? :) I love your website and you have great ideas!

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  2. Hey Jennifer,
    THANK YOU for your comment- it's been a fun blog to create and my hope is that it gives other people some ideas.

    Trepak Bucket Drum:
    Sorry if this is confusing; I can't add a video of my kids; I teach in a private school and we have confidentiality clauses to not put our students images on unprotected sites.
    Yes! The "q" is a quarter note. So, if you are speaking the beats (listen to the music for this to make more sense)- it is "hit (you decide if they will hit with both sticks/hands or alternating), 2, 3, 4, hit, 2, 3, 4, then count to 8 and hit every beat (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8". This is "A". Repeat. Practice this section alone, with fingertips on the drum.
    B section:
    Tap rim 8x, then each student taps their own sticks 8x, then they hold arms out to sides and tap their neighbors sticks (sitting side to side), then to a half note beat say each word: "rim, side, own, side". This will be tap on the rim (both sticks), arms out to side to tap neighbors sticks, click their own together, then out to the side again.
    Listen to the music several times over and practice one section at a time, then practice that with the music, then add "B" section, then teach C with the music-by imitation. Let me know if you need more help; happy to do so!!

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  3. This is very helpful! Yeah, I am going to do this with my kids this week! I'll let you know how it goes.

    Very cool we have international adoption in common! :)

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  4. I also love this idea, but am confused! I have tried to do this with the music, but I run out of music in the middle of section B. The song is only about 1 minute, so I don't understand how there is time for each section. Do you repeat the song many times? Is there anyway you could post a video of YOU doing it without breaking any protection laws (I understand, we have the same issue)? Thanks!!

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    1. Hey, Rachel.. so sorry you are having trouble with this.. let me look at it again tomorrow when I have more time. Can you email me at musicquilt@hotmail.com so we can PM? Thanks! Yes.. it only runs through once; no repeating the music!

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    2. Hi again Rachel, sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you...I just performed it with my kids again and it works as written.. I think maybe you are taking the beat at double time.. it's fast.. the beat being about 155 when I checked on my metronome. There are no repeats.. let me know if you want a video.. send me a message at musicquilt@hotmail.com and I'll record myself doing it and then send it to you. This is SO fun.. remember it starts WITH the very beginning- there is NO introduction; bucket drumming starts with the FIRST beat of music. Let me know what you need.. my kids LOVED it last year!

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  5. This sounds like so much fun! What grade(s) did you do this with?

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    1. I am so sorry to just be getting back to you now- for some reason your comment didn't make it to my email box to let me know I had a comment. I did this with second graders. I would do it again with them although I see my students twice a week. If you see students less, give it a try with 3rd grade.

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  6. THIS IS SO INCREDIBLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Let's see if my kiddos can learn it all in 3 weeks : )

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    1. It is SO much fun- simplify at will to make easier! Have fun with it!

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  7. I'm having trouble figuring out where the C part happens. I thought Trepak was A A B A Coda. Please help!

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    1. C is very short, more of an interlude probably, but it happens at :35 seconds or so. Does that help? Need more help? email me at musicquilt@hotmail.com

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  8. This sounds awesome!!! Do you have any more bucket drumming like this?

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    1. I do, but I haven't written them down into a format anyone else but me will understand! Haha!

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