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Mexican Drum Roll Wave 🌊

By January 24, 2024Blog
This drumming game is a fun way to engage your students and promote collaboration.
It requires active listening and teamwork. Plus, it always sparks a few laughs.


The aim is to pass a wave of sound around the circle to create a cool sonic effect.
*Variation: passing a physical action around the circle.


Arrange students in a circle and give each of them a drum or percussion instrument.
You can ask your students to think about the group as a body of water.Β They are all one. And slowly a ripple of water turns into a giant wave.

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🌊 One student starts by softly playing a roll of fast notes.

🌊 The player to the left joins in, adding another layer to the roll.

🌊 They followed by the next player, and so on.

🌊 The wave of vibrations builds as it moves through the group.

🌊 The wave continues around the circle until everyone is playing.

Bonus round:Β The wave can then go around the group a second time, except this timeΒ each player stops drumming and the wave slowly fades.

Reflective Discussion:

After the activity, gather the students for a reflective discussion.
Ask them about their experience, what they noticed, and how the activity helped them to work together and stay focused.

More Resources:

You can learn more creative and engaging tools in our Teacher Training courses, which are available both in person and online.
You may also like to view our Special Packs to kick start your class with a bundle of drums and percussion instruments.