Students from Bridge Academy pose with teaching artist Josh Robinson and their finished hand-made drums.
Students relating rhythms to language at Bridge Academy.
The Bridge Academy, a school for students who have language-based learning disabilities in Lawrenceville, designed a percussion residency to specifically target the connections between percussion, music, and language learning in their students' brains. This highly-successful residency - featuring acclaimed percussion teaching artist Josh Robinson - had students using rhythm and words together, creating their own rhythms based on language and sound, and making their own drums.
Teachers and administrators at the school noted that students increased their auditory and visual processing skills through the percussion, and that teachers learned new ways to engage students through working with the teaching artist.