Best & Brightest: Raleigh school combines music, phys ed to get kids excited about both

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — It is an ongoing debate at many schools – arts versus athletics.

However, two teachers at Brooks Museum Magnet School in Raleigh figured out a way to combine their curriculum and incorporate the subjects of music and physical education.

“We are teaching cardio drumming,” said music teacher Krista Little. “In music we are using patterns and rhythms and that is transferred over to the gym.”

Physical education teacher Mike Ramel said he first saw the idea on YouTube.

“I thought we’ve got to try that at our school.”

So Ramel went to Little with the idea.

“Instantly I was like, ‘Yes! Lets do it! This sounds like so much fun!'” said Little.

CBS 17 was there as the elementary students first worked on their rhythm in Little’s classroom, then took the skills to the gym and used drumsticks, wastebaskets, and balance balls to combine their knowledge.

This is the first time Little and Ramel have tried cardio drumming with their student, but both said – based on the positive response – it is something they hope to continue in the future.

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