Wyoming — The sound of boomwhackers hitting on drums slow, fast, in harmony and discordantly had preschoolers dancing and giggling.
Huntington Woods Early Childhood Center and Great Start Readiness Program students drummed away on a recent Thursday morning with Josh Dunigan, a teaching artist with Artists Creating Together. The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit organization empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow and celebrate through the arts.
Dunigan is leading several sessions at the school, introducing students to percussion instruments and providing them the chance to explore and enjoy.
“We are moving our bodies to the beat, drumming with our hands and using tools,” Dunigan said. “Music is a very powerful tool for social emotional learning and for communicating and expressing ourselves.”
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