5th graders have been trying out some creative ideas in music class working with a new set of playground balls. This learning is an extension of the drumming they've been previously working on. Students are developing fine and gross motor skills as well as their ability to feel and move to both a steady beat and more complex rhythms. These are essential skills for any musician. They are beginning to work with partners which requires intense focus, coordination, communication and cooperation. In addition, they are analyzing and responding to the form of musical pieces and demonstrating their understanding through movement. Most importantly, we are having so much fun! They have been eager and flexible as I roll out this new curriculum. These new materials were generously funded by our fabulous PTO. I am grateful to work in a community that values and supports our music program and trusts me to explore new ideas even if they may seem outside the box!