The curriculum for World Music Drumming by Dr. Will Schmid is a critically-acclaimed, 30-lesson instructional program for middle school general music classes. It brings the enjoyment and excitement of music participation to middle school students 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 2 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. And, at the same time, students and parents have praised the World Music Drumming curriculum for bringing fun and relevance to their arts education experience.