Sesiones de percusión en la Escuela Internacional Maple Leaf Kingsley

En Escuela Internacional Maple Leaf Kingsley, students from all levels from nursery to secondary, teachers and administrative staff went through the 24-Seasons drumming sessions to understand different type of rhythms and learning the art of drumming. The objective of this activity is to introduce culture and world history. It’s not only traditional Chinese drumming but also Malaysian cultures as we in ML KIS believe in assimilating the rich cultural diversity of Malaysia into each session.

Traditional drumming is associated with pop, circumstance and jubilation. It is a hallmark of prosperity and celebration, uniting people through collective rhythms and tempos. Drumming helps to ease and calm the drummer as the person concentrates on the rhythm and instruction being belted out.

La percusión es una actividad de grupo, en la que a menudo participan diez o más percusionistas. Aunque es similar a las nociones occidentales de "círculos de tambores", estos grupos suelen seguir una rutina muy prescrita y coreografiada, aportando un aspecto del ritmo al compás general. En este sentido, la percusión china es una acción colectiva, algo así como la sección de percusión de una banda de música. Además de añadir complejidad al ritmo, los otros músicos suelen servir para añadir volumen y presencia a la actuación, lo que significa que simplemente actúan como amplificadores.

The earliest known drums in China date back nearly four thousand years ago, around the time of the Shang Dynasty (c.1600 – c.1100 BCE). Most drums were crude constructions of animal shells, skins and clay/wooden composites. The most famous of these drum artifacts are comprised of tortoise shells, alligator and snake skins, which were popularized by ethnic groups and merchants along the Silk Road.

Historically, Chinese drums have been used in celebration and in conflict. As a result; Chinese drums are often the colour red which has long time been associated with power and luck, and accordingly, red drums have been used as a symbol of strength for rulers and armies. Such instruments are also used in ceremonies such as weddings and other festivities. A booming set of drums is often the backdrop to an important celebration. For example, there were thousands of drummers all marching to the beat of a single drum at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Las investigaciones indican que los tambores tienen que ver con la comunicación y con hacer música, dos características esenciales de la vida en comunidad. La percusión es una herramienta terapéutica que acelera la curación física, refuerza el sistema inmunitario y ayuda a liberar los traumas emocionales. Tocar el tambor tiene un efecto positivo sobre la ansiedad, el dolor, la fatiga, la depresión y los problemas de comportamiento. Nuestros alumnos y el personal disfrutaron de esta actividad y parecieron satisfechos con el resultado final del aprendizaje del arte de tocar el tambor.