Woodland D.R.U.M. Ensemble

D.R.U.M. is a character education enriched music program directed by Melody Linaman.  The students selected for the program show rhythmic talent in music through an audition.  Selected students are taught music in an advanced after school percussion ensemble.  The group is open to fourth and fifth grade students at Woodland Elementary School.  The ensemble gives several concerts during the year and goes on one field trip.

D.R.U.M. has a motto which infuses character education traits into music education.  D = Discipline – People with self-discipline are stronger. R = Respect – People with self-respect make good decisions.  People who respect other make the world a better place.  U = Unity – We work together.  Say, “we” not “I”.  M = Music!  The musical focus of the group is World Music Drumming.  This curriculum is based primarily on the drumming traditions of West Coast Africa and the Islands of the Caribbean and involves a strong aural training.  These traits help the students to develop advanced listening skills.  Their musicianship is improved by their ability to listen to multiple parts of a piece of music while focusing and playing their part in harmony with the entire ensemble.

The director of D.R.U.M., Melody Linaman, has fifteen years teaching experience with thirteen of those at the elementary level.  She has been at Woodland Elementary School for six years.  After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Furman University, she taught middle and high school band.  After a few years of successful teaching she returned full time to graduate school.  While working as a Graduate Assistant in the band department she completed her Masters of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music.