African Drumming Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

The drums are exciting instruments to play whether in an orchestra or drum circle. Your students will learn about the African drums as they read and discuss a text lesson, demonstrate the drums, and create their own drum rhythms.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define African drum
  • identify different types of African drums
  • demonstrate playing African drums


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text


  • Copies of the African Drums: Types. Beats, & Facts text lesson
  • Copies of the lesson worksheet
  • African drums (ideally having two of each type)
    • It might be difficult to find African drums where you live or not feasible to buy them, so try to find a local drum circle who may use these types of drums and might love to visit your classroom. Alternatively, as the lesson suggests, students can use their tables or boxes to make their own drums.
  • Printer paper
  • Colored pencils

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