The bucket drum is as the name suggests, made from a bucket. The drum is an idiophone as the whole instrument vibrates to produce its sound. It just needs to be hit or struck to make a sound. Many different types of buckets can be used to create different tone colours. Different techniques can be used on the same bucket to create different tone colours as well. The most common bucket used for bucket drumming is a 20 litre plastic bucket.
Outcomes to be assessed
- 4.1 performs in a range of musical styles demonstrating an understanding of musical concepts
- 4.3 performs music demonstrating solo and/or ensemble awareness
- 4.4 demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through exploring, experimenting, improvising, organising, arranging and composing
- 4.5 notates compositions using traditional and/or non‐traditional notation
- 4.6 experiments with different forms of technology in the composition process
- 4.7 demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through listening, observing, responding, discriminating, analysing, discussing and recording musical ideas
- 4.12 demonstrates a developing confidence and willingness to engage in performing, composing and listening experiences.
Music 7-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2003.
Create a 16 bar composition for bucket drums. The composition should use at least 1 to 2 rhythmic ostinatos. You will need to perform your composition for the assessment.
Your composition must:
- have a steady beat
- include notation (at least 2 bars – 1 for each section)
- use of bucket drum/s
- be a total of 16 bars in length
- include two contrasting sections
- be performed.
The following YouTube videos demonstrate how to play a bucket drum.
You will be assessed on how well you:
- compose your piece (including the techniques you use to enhance the composition)
- perform as a soloist, demonstrating an understanding of duration.
- demonstrate an understanding of graphic notation in both composition and performance.
Criteria mark range
- 9 to 10 marks for:
- Composes a successful and perceptive 16 bar composition which includes multiple parts.
- Hightly-developed performance.
- Demonstrates a high-level understanding of standard notation in both composition and performance.
- 7 to 8 marks for:
- Composed a successful 16 bar composition which includes some contrasting parts.
- Performs with few mistakes.
- Demonstrates a detailed understanding of standard notation in both composition and performance, though some inaccuracies may be evident in final score.
- 5 to 6 marks for:
- Composes 16 bar composition with some contrasting parts.
- Performs with some mistakes.
- Demonstrates an understanding of standard notation in composition and performance.
- 3 to 4 marks for:
- Attempts to compose a 16 bar composition.
- Mistakes and/or issues of beat and timing may be evident in performance.
- Demonstrates a basic understanding of standard notattion in both composition and performance. Many inaccuracies may be evident in final score.
- 1 to 2 marks for:
- Some attempt at composing a musical work.
- Little or no attempt at performance.
- Demonstrates limited understanding of standard notation.