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Foundation Grant 2009-2010 Follow-Up Evaluation Report As a recipient of a School District 73½ Foundation Grant, we ask that

you evaluate your project’s success and report to us. Please use the following questions as a guideline for your report. Feel free to attach any additional information that pertains to your evaluation. Please return completed forms to the District Office (attention Laura Montgomery) by April 16, 2010 in order to receive future grant funding from the PTA. Applicant(s) name(s): Meg Kohen Project Title: World Drumming Did the project meet your goals and expectations? Please explain. The addition of the drums into my curriculum has positively impacted my music program far beyond what I could have imagined.. The students are connecting to the music in ways they were simply unable to do by just reading about it in books and listening to recordings. They are now able to understand physically what it means to play the different instruments, how the different sounds are created, and the focus and attention it takes to be a part of musical ensemble. Additionally, they are learning to respect and work together as musicians- many of them without any formal music training prior to my class. Throughout the course of the year, I have also had all of my swing choir students play the drums as well. This makes them aware of the physical and mental demands of playing a musical instrument. We’ve discussed the similiarities and differences between singing and playing the drums, and even incoroporated

the drums into a piece for International Night. The kids look forward to playing the drums, and many auditioned to be part of the featured International Night ensemble. How many students benefitted from the project? I have used the drums with all of my 7th and 8th grade students over the course of the year; this would total to around 200 students. How did they benefit? (speak to the impact on students’ learning and/or the enrichment level) As stated before, students are now able to connect hands on to the music they are learning about. General music students not enrolled in an outside musical ensemble are now gaining a better understanding of what it means to work as part of a musical group, how to follow a director, what musical form is and how it is used, and how to evaluate their musical ability and pick and instrument that suites them. How did the students view the project? I find that the students truly enjoy and look forward to the days we play drums in class. The students are interested in learning more complex patterns and different techniques. What has made me really excited is that students that never before expressed an interest in music or in playing an instrument are often the ones that are truly exceptional on the drums. I am happy to see that it gives those students a way to reach their musical potential that was not availabel before. Would you be interested in continuing this project? Explain and mention if your would make any changes if you were to continue with this project?

I plan on continuing to use the drums for as long as I am privledged to teach at McCracken. The difference it has made in my music program is incredible. If applicable, how could your project be shared and duplicated within the school district? I would love the students to have some exposure to World Drumming at Middleton, either through visits/performances, or through actual workshops given to the students and teachers. How were you able to share this project with parents and the community? The drums were featured at International Night through a special combined drum-choir piece entitled “Listen to My Heartbeat.” Additionally, video footage was taken of my general music classes learning this piece and emailed to the School Board, Administrators, and other school community members.