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Will Schmid's World Music Drumming Program

The need to present meaningful multi-cultural educational programs has never been as great as it is today, and enriching the lives of students through arts education has become an increasingly high priority. To provide an instructional method that adds an exciting new dimension to both cultural and musical awareness, Remo has developed the curriculum for World Music Drumming.

The World Music Drumming curriculum by Dr. Will Schmid is made up of 30 sequentially structured lessons that have been thoroughly researched and tested by leading music educators. Because the lessons are designed to be taught in the context of middle school general music classes and include the use of a variety of easy-to-play hand percussion instruments, all students in grades 6 through 8 can participate in this “hands-on” cross-cultural learning experience.

World Music Drumming brings the enjoyment and excitement of music participation while building important life-skills, such as communication, listening, teamwork, discipline and respect for others. In addition, WMD fosters community awareness and an appreciation of cultural diversity through its focus on world music.

Publication of this new teaching method follows more than two years of extensive research and field-testing in actual classroom situations throughout the United States and Canada. Teachers involved in pilot programs have reported better, more educationally integrated general music classes, improved attendance, and fewer discipline problems. Students and parents praise the World Music Drumming curriculum for bringing fun and relevance to their arts education experience.

To complement this innovative teaching method, Remo has developed four special percussion instrument packages that incorporate over 40 years of experience in creating drums and percussion for the world’s leading professional musicians. With their advanced yet authentic designs, Remo World Percussion features attractive, durable, and easy-to-play instruments that fulfill all the requirements of the curriculum for World Music Drumming.

Remo World Music Drumming Curriculum & Instruments

Instrument Model Pkg A Pkg B Pkg C Pkg E
Standing 14" Ngoma AK-4814-AH 1 1 1 0
Tubano 10" Tunable TU-1110-PM 4 3 3


Tubano 12" Tunable TU-1112-PM 7 7 5 0
Tubano 14" Tunable TU-1114-PM 4 3 3 0
Tubano 10" Pretuned TU-0510-09 0 0 0 3
Tubano 12" Pretuned TU-0512-09 0 0 0 7
Tubano 14" Pretuned TU-0514-09 0 0 0 3
Djembe12" Tunable DJ-0012-PM 1 1 1 1
Talking Drum TD-0611-07 2 2 2 1
Talking Drum Mallet TD-1015-70 2 2 2 1
Hand Drum 16" Pretuned HD-8516-00 3 2 2 2
Bongos BG-5300-00 2 2 2 1
Senor Kelly Shaker (rattle) SR-0010-18 10 8 6 8
Guiro IP-2420-02 3 2 2 2
Claves IP-2420-03 3 2 2 2
Maracas IP-2420-04 3 2 2 2
Gongokui Medium IP-2420-05 1 1 1 1
Gongokui Large IP-2420-06 1 1 1 1
Shekere (Axaste) IP-2420-07 2 2 2 2
Cowbell CW-1007-BV 2 2 2 2
World Music Drumming by Dr. Will Schmid* 1 1 1 1
*Includes Teacher Handbook, VHS Videocassette, and Student Worksheets.

Here's what leading educators are saying about World Music Drumming...

"Motivation has been very high and I’m excited about the positive attitude of all my students." -Rose Marie Thompson, Decatur, IL

"I’ve noticed an increase in the respect level of my students. They seem to be more attentive and focused on the lessons as well as more concerned about the welfare of the entire group. This curriculum is beneficial for students at any level of musical ability— although it appears that being a better musician isn’t as important as working together."
-Debbie Montague, Seattle, WA

“The students were so excited and their enthusiasm was immediately relayed to other students who were not even in the class.”
-Anne Fennell, San Diego, CA.

“This is a fantastic way to get ‘quiet/shy’ students involved. The World Music Drumming curriculum forces them to take their turn— to be creative. They have grown and learned so much!”
-Linda Chamberlin, Des Moines, IA

“I’m a teacher at a school for ‘at risk’ boys. WMD helped the boys feel comfortable; even if they made ‘mistakes’. Many of them left the room saying thing like, ‘I love this class’ and ‘ I actually had fun today’.”
-Debra Roland, Racine, WI


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World Music Drumming has shown outstanding success at engaging all students. Throughout the two-year pilot project in 20 schools nationwide (1996-98; funded by Remo Inc.) and in thousands of schools since then, the Remo World Percussion instruments have proven to be very effective.

Remo has four complete package options for classes of 30 students (package A), 26 students (Package B), 22 students (Package C), and a low-cost option for 26 (Package E). For information on a retailer near you, call 800.525.5134.


Teachers whose schools purchase one of the above official Remo packages are eligible to receive a personal $250 Remo scholarship for attending any of the World Music Drumming workshops. Save your bill of sale for any of the above packages and we will provide instructions at the workshop for receiving your scholarship. Note: Scholarship applications must be made within one calender year of both the purchase of a Remo package and completion of the workshop.

The Curriculum

This step-by-step approach to learning percussion, rhythms, and singing in the middle school general music class is practical, easy-to-teach and incredibly motivational!

After two years of field-testing in 20 schools throughout the U.S. and Canada, World Music Drumming has passed all the tests! World Music Drumming is aimed primarily at grades 6-8 with extensions into grades 3-5, high school, and adult classes. You and your students will learn drumming techniques, sing lots of great songs with accompaniments and movement, connect African and Latin American cultural traditions to the music performed, and discover how music can be the perfect vehicle for teaching team building, respect, focusing, listening, problem solving, and other important life skills.

The World Music Drumming curriculum published by Hal Leonard includes:

  • 96pp. Teacher’s Edition.
  • 32pp. Cross-Cultural Student Enrichment Book.
  • 50 min. Video.

Any additional additional registration questions for the summer workshops can be addressed to:

Will Schmid, c/o Music Workshops, Ltd.
2960 N Marietta Ave., Milwaukee WI 53211
PH 414-332-2277, Fax 414-332-2766 fax
or via email to

Will Schmid

Sowah Mensah

Josh Ryan

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