Lesson Plan: Cardio Drumming to “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
Objective: To create an enjoyable cardio drumming experience for students, using the energetic and positive song “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood.
Materials Needed: Stability balls on buckets or chairs, drumsticks or similar items, audio system for playing “Higher Love.”
Introduction (5 minutes): Introduce “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood, focusing on its upbeat rhythm and motivational lyrics.
Setup (5 minutes): Arrange the classroom with drumming stations, ensuring each student has access to a stability ball and drumsticks.
Warm-Up (10 minutes): Start with a dynamic warm-up to prepare the body for the activity, using this video: https://youtu.be/H_3fCb6yzMM?si=WCijfl9H8exhEQVo
Drumming Technique (10 minutes): Teach basic drumming techniques, focusing on maintaining rhythm and enhancing coordination. Adapt these techniques for different skill levels.
Learning the Routine (20 minutes): Break down the cardio drumming routine set to “Higher Love” into smaller, manageable sections, teaching each part step-by-step.
Full Routine Practice (20 minutes): Practice the full routine in sync with “Higher Love,” encouraging students to feel the beat and immerse themselves in the energetic rhythm.
Cool Down (10 minutes): Conclude with a cool-down session to relax muscles and bring heart rates back to normal, using this video: https://youtu.be/fEz1gVmsUwA
Feedback and Reflection (5 minutes): Open a discussion for students to share their experiences, challenges, and enjoyment of the session.
Conclusion (5 minutes): Congratulate the students on their efforts and encourage them to continue exploring different rhythms and musical genres, emphasizing the joy and health benefits of combining music with exercise.