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Local teacher drums up a passion for music among students

A local math teacher is drumming up confidence and a passion for music among students at Canarelli Middle School [KSNV]

A local math teacher is drumming up confidence and a passion for music among students at Canarelli Middle School.

Listen to the beat, the rhythm, the music -- all created through instruments and recycled percussion.

The music comes from the Students Creating Recycled Accessory Music (SCREAM), a club at Canarelli Middle School.

The student club was created by math teacher Doug Brown, who is also a drummer.

"I wanted to come up with something that was unique and entertaining and educational at the same time," Brown said. "Something we could play at basketball games and can morph off into variations of itself."

Brown formed the club last fall.

"Words cannot even put in the pride I feel knowing that a lot of them come to me for the first time and never even handled a drumstick before," Brown said.

13-year-old Aicha Sama is one of those students.

"At first, I didn't think I was going to be able to drum that well," Sama said. "Now, I feel like I've grown so much and learned so much about beats and just music."

Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders create their own instruments like shakers from plastic bottles filled with various materials.

It's a spin-off to the street performances you see, but also teaches students teamwork, creativity, and boosts their self-confidence.

"Now, not only do they bring performance to it, but they also bring their personality and their attitude to it," Brown said.

The pulse of music, he says, is like the beat of our hearts.

"Rhythm comes from the heart," Brown said. "Without that rhythm, you wouldn't have life."

They're lives he hopes he can enrich through the beats, the rhythm, and the sounds they create.


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