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Need to connect with your kids with their pop music through general music? Involve them in bucket drumming with Bruno Mars' 2012 hit song "Treasure" !
There are three all-color coded slides along with the form identifiers listed next to each phrase. Discuss form with the students and teach them (by rote) the rhythms on the powerpoint with the corresponding repeats (most are repeated 3, 5, or 7 times). Then, apply it to drums!
All regular notation is to be played on the buckets (or drums, or ground, however you wish), and the X notation (with a down stem) are played as stick clicks above their head (or you could apply it to a tambourine or other auxiliary instrument)
All notation with a note head AND X are to be played like a rimshot
A couple of rhythms are tricky in here (as you know, Bruno Mars; songs contains a lot irregular rhythms and syncopation, but your kids can be taught it quite easily)
Here's the track so you can play along...
Have fun with this and let us know how it goes!