The Lower School World Percussion program under the direction of professional musician Shawn Hennessey, is a communal drumming experience that is both fun and educational for students, and for the GFS community as a whole. During each term, students in the fourth and fifth grades will be exposed to rhythms and techniques from Ghana, Cuba, Brazil and the Middle East, played on authentic drums; Djembes, Doumbeks, Congas, Surdos, and various bells and shakers are just some of the instruments that will be used. Specific activities will include polyrhythmic games, South Indian vocables, body percussion, learning drum language, and circle songs focusing on West African and Afro-Carribean secular and spiritual songs. Singing while playing is encouraged, as well as, improvisation and dance. This program is sure to get hands grooving, blood pumping and bodies jumping! Axé! To see World Percussionists in action, please click here. Interested students should talk to their classroom music teachers (Debbie Stahl or Taia Harlos) before enrolling. (Note for Parents and Guardians: Although there is no fee for World Percussion because it is part of the Lower School music curriculum, we ask that you please enroll your child in World Percussion through Active Network once you have received word from Debbie Stahl or Taia Harlos that your child is eligible to participate. This will enable us to maintain up-to-date attendance lists and to communicate with you as efficiently as possible.) PLEASE NOTE: WORLD PERCUSSION WILL BEGIN ON SEPT. 27. Please note: There will be no club on Tuesday, November 22 and the final club session will take place on Tuesday, December 6.