Pedagogical methods promote inclusion through the TIM Institute Drumming

Pedagogical methods promote inclusion through the TIM Institute Drumming

Teaching music to children and young people promoting accessibility and inclusion is the purpose of the TIM Institute Drumming. Using playful methods that enhance student learning, Master Mangueirinha conducts music teaching for 50 participants.

“Because it is a battery of children and adolescents with and without disabilities, we have to be even more attentive to respecting the learning time of each student. With that, little by little, we are teaching collectively  and also on an individual level –, adapting rhythmic cells, instrument touch and gradually inserting each and everyone into this fantastic world that is music”, explains the Master.

All the work is the result of meetings and laboratories carried out with the teachers and monitors before taking the knowledge to the students. One of the pedagogical tools used is “O Passo” (The Step), a method created by musician and music educator Lucas Ciavatta, which consists of a methodology that uses the body as a focus for apprehending the main elements of music, working on motor coordination, movements and rhythmic cells of the presented instruments.

“We use ‘o Passo’ in the initial group dynamics, in a circle format, to explain the relationship between the main musical objectives to be achieved, which are tempo classes, intensity, space in time, motor coordination, etc.”, says Mangueirinha.

In addition to Ciavatta’s technique, the Drumming which is inspired by traditional samba schools, has orality as its main teaching method. The knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation, an attentive look at the needs of the present, listening to the collective and affection are the strengths of inclusive education.

“We set up the methodology of the Instituto TIM Battery with the help of several influences and teachings, such as the study of the second official language of Brazil, Libras (Brazilian Sign Language), in addition to the methodology of colors, geometric shapes and onomatopoeias created to facilitate students understanding. We also count on the exchange of information with those responsible so that they understand how each student’s day-to-day works. But the greatest and best of the methodologies we apply is love”, adds Master Mangueirinha.

The rhythmists participate in weekly rehearsals and the group has a drumming master, monitor musicians, interpreters of the Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and psychological support. This edition of the project is carried out by Salvatore in partnership with Centro da Música Carioca Artur da Távola (Artur da Távola Music Center), and sponsored by TIM through the Law of Incentive to Culture of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

“One of the greatest relevance of TIM Institute Drumming is the two-way exchange of information, we learn much more with each student than we teach in our lives – a new look as a professional and a human being –, not to mention the reports of those responsible leave every Saturday with a heart full of love, strength and hope. This shows us that we are on the right path”, concludes the Master.