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"I would 
teach the children music, physics and philosophy: 
but most importantly music and all the arts
 are the keys to learning" ~Plato

ACAMP Drums in School Programs objective is to introduce the Djembe drum through a West African cultural context. And to convey the drums historical significance as well as its use in the modern  world. Djembe training has the ability to develop character, instill discipline and increase the quality of today's individual, family and community.

Students practice the art of African drumming on authentic African instruments. They will learn the  origin and meaning of all songs as well as  the contributions of principle musicians world wide.

Students will practice critical listening and following direction. Students will be able to identify instruments and pattern within a composition.

Students will learn traditional  songs with several variations. Students will learn proper hand technique,sound, accent and rhythm with drumming, call and response activities and games.

Students will then demonstrate / perform what they have learned in concert or dramatic play form.


ACAMP Drums in School Program is designed to address a variety of educational and health care goals: promote literacy, alleviate stress and foster mental / physical heath and well being. Djembe drum training will enhance academic curriculum based learning. In many cases this form of supplementary education has proven to be more effective than traditional teaching techniques alone. African drumming is a formal musical tradition that teaches children


  • Elements of geography, history, social studies and math 
  • Critical listening and following direction
  • Co-ordination and motor skills
  • Discipline and character development
  • Self -responsibility within a group context
  • Greater self-esteem and since of accomplishment



  • Children learn about culture and heritage through musical expression. Schools are now placing a greater emphasis on music as a way to facilitate the learning process. Exposing children to music positively affects their IQ, reading age and develops certain parts of the brain.


    Several studies have shown that children and adolescents who participate in music training develop cognitive skills, are more focused, well-adjusted and work better as a team than those who have not.