Rhythmicity in Secondary Schools
What is the single most exciting characteristic to find in a student?
One answer that has come more and more to the fore in recent years is controlled creativity. Many young people seem to lose their desire and ability to create in a controlled but nevertheless exciting way as they move through secondary school.
Those who retain that ability and are able to express it, whether through sport, playing an instrument, writing poetry, acting on stage, or any other endeavour, are the students that have that something extra that takes them further forward in the world.
In our workshops we call the force that unites these activities rhythmicity - the state of controlled energy – the combination of rhythm and electricity.
We all want young people to be energetic – to want to be part of the movement of life. But as educators we also want that energy controlled so that the student is able to use it in beneficial and positive ways.
It is this positive use of energy and rhythm that leads to rhythmicity - “the state or quality of being rhythmic”.
What’s the benefit in teaching and learning?
We use drums and other percussion instruments to energise, educate, motivate, and promote successful teamwork.
In our work the students learn that their natural energy and enthusiasm needs to be merged with the rest of the group. Their self-expression must become part of the group – but still retain its individuality.
In terms of teaching and learning the student learns not only how positive this energy is, but how much more useful it is when combined with control and co-operation. Life, we come to learn, is not just about ourselves – it is about ourselves in league with everyone around us.
What other teachers have said…
“Thanks for flexibility, resilience, professionalism,
and a great day.”
Nick Wiltshire
Head of Music, Studley High School
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