This update: January/February - 2018

Happy New Year! Health & Happiness today and always!

We hope to have Rob Lutes here in May!

Guitar/Music club at the Gaspe Poly on Wednesdays at lunch (12:30)
Guitar/Music club at Gaspe elementary on Fridays at lunch (11:30) see Mr. Karl (after Christmas)
Continuing this fall...reading with Grade 2 students on Fridays after lunch

A few highlights from 2016-17 school year:

Outdoor adventure club
Youth exploring science
Mother Goose
Grade 3 readers

Learn & the CLC are now inseparable! We've been fused together.

A few highlights from 2015-16 school year:

Rob Lutes, history of the blues and songwriting workshops at all schools!
Rob will be coming back to run creative writing/songwriting workshops with us in May!

Aboriginal blanket exercise (all schools)

Pink shirt 5K walk (all schools)

Mother Goose (GES,BAS)
Youth exploring science (GES)
Entrepreneurship prize (BAS)
Build your own guitar (GPS)
Indigo library grant (GES)
Chemistry model (Sec. 4 & 5) (GPS)
Grade 2 & 3 readers program (GES)
Secondaire en spectacle (Nash) (GPS)
Cooking class (BAS)

LEARN and the CLC Initiative are excited to announce the enhanced SOS LEARN
online tutoring and homework help service for students.

This Student Online Support program is offered FREE to all elementary
and high school students in English schools in Quebec. It has recently
been adapted to provide more targeted homework help and tutoring sessions
based on needs identified by schools, parents, or students.

The SOS Tutors, all Quebec-certified teachers, are available to help students
with exam preparation, specific homework questions, or a general review/clarification.

To LEARN more about this program, visit the LEARN website.
A short video will help you better understand how this FREE service operates.

Should you want more information please contact Dianne Conrod (,
the LEARN Principal of Online Learning. Dianne can be reached at 1-877-647-6060 #1402
or on her cell at 613-612-3625.

Twelve Ways Drumming Benefits Students

Gregory Hochman,

1. Drumming can help students grow academically; it can improve students'
ability to concentrate and compliment their studies in math, science,
language arts, history, physical fitness and the arts.

2. According to scientific research, playing music, and hence drumming
and playing percussion, increases the development of various regions of
the brain, including the corpus callosum, motor and auditory cortexes.

3. Playing drums and rhythms can be an optimal experience and encourages
participants of all ages to achieve flow.

4. Drumming is a healing art and therefore it can give participants
of any age a better sense of well being.

5. Hand drumming (and regular participation in any form of percussion playing)
increases the physical stamina of students.

6. Drumming increases body awareness & kinesthetic development;
drumming helps students develop graceful coordination and self-control.

7. Playing rhythms improves listening skills and increases children and teens'
ability to focus for extended periods of time.

8. In general, the increasing of rhythmic skills - and the learning of any
musical instrument - increases students' confidence.

9. Playing rhythmic music helps students to take notice of the rhythms
and beauty in nature and their surroundings.

10. Drumming in group formats, such as drum circles, bands and orchestras
cultivates an appreciation for teamwork and cooperation.

11. Drum circles are great ethnic and cultural bridges; they harmoniously
bring diverse people, instruments and musical styles together.

12. If parents play or take interest in the musical and learning process
of their children, then drumming can be a means to forge meaningful bonds
between parents and children.

How Can Drumming Help Students Grow Academically?

Gregory Hochman,

Drumming and percussion naturally compliment several academic subjects and can help
students to better understand those subjects.

Some of these subjects include, but are not limited to, math, physical fitness,
language arts, science and history. The age and grade of students need to be
considered when determining how to implement drumming as an activity that compliments
academic subjects. Here is a general overview of how five subjects - math,
physical fitness, language arts, science, history - and the arts can be complimented
by drumming, percussion and music.


Drumming teaches early elementary students (K - 2 ) to count.
Basic counting and learning to count in cycles (1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.)
is a fundamental part of drumming. Drumming and percussion can teach middle elementary
age students (grades 2 - 5) fractions and introduce the mathematics behind frequencies,
intervals and harmonics. High school students can learn more about and apply
the foundational math skills (counting, fractions, frequencies, intervals, harmonics)
in new and more sophisticated ways.

Physical Fitness

Drumming teaches students about their body. The entire body is used in drumming and
most especially the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, arms, shoulders and legs are all
physically developed through drumming. Every age group is benefited by the physical
fitness required in drumming.


Drumming teaches students about material science as well as the science of sound.
Beginning as early as first grade students can learn that each material, wood, metal,
skin (drum heads) have their own capacity or ability for vibration.
Drumming teaches young students that sound occurs through vibration.
As students grow older they can learn more about the science of sound.
Tuned percussion instruments such as xylophone, steel pan, piano all afford the
opportunity to learn about frequency (notes), intervals (the relationship between
notes or frequencies) and harmony (the relationships of intervals).

Language Arts

Many strategies for learning to drum involve verbal communication.
For instance, singing and chanting can be used to develop the vocabulary,
pronunciation and foreign languages skills of young students (k - 2). Older students
can continue to apply such strategies plus, they can learn to use words,
lyrics and poetry in more sophisticated ways, which can, in turn, improve their
language art skills.


The history of musical instruments, the history of musical styles, the history of
composers and musicians all correspond to history as a whole. For instance,
to learn about the history of gongs is to learn about China and Chinese history.
Or to learn about the history of Calypso music is to learn about West Africa and Trinidad.
Drums, and music, is a fun and effective way to learn about history.

The Arts

Drumming is a dynamic art with many titles; it is a musical art. It is a performing art.
It is a healing art. It is directly connected to dance. And it is part of the great
web of arts. All drummers are artists and so drumming gives its practitioners a unique
vantage point and understanding of art and the arts.


Drumming and music is a light, which can shine understanding upon many subjects.
In addition to the above subjects, there are many others, including psychology,
sociology and even theology, which can be learned through the lenses of drumming and music.
In short, drumming is an ideal interdisciplinary subject, which not only helps students grow
as musicians, but also helps them learn about themselves and can give them a better
understanding of a variety of academic subjects.

Have a great school year!