The Classroom Drum Circle Project: Creating Innovative Differentiation in Music Education

Valerie Vinnard has been a general music teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District for the past 20 years. Valerie works with TK-5th Grade as well as all students with special needs. Since 2017, she has written several grants for Remo drums and has created the successful drumming program: “The Classroom Drum Circle Project.” Through drumming, Valerie’s students have developed important skills such as teamwork, self-regulation, creative expression, leadership skills, as well as important social-emotional skills. An increase in test scores has also been reported.

Valerie has recently been nominated for the prestigious CMEA Peripole Award honoring excellence in classroom music education.

Here is a video highlighting her work and the vast benefits of drumming for children.