Stephen Flinn uses drums and percussion to teach academics and life skills to preschool students using The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) curriculum. The TRAP exercises encompass rhythm as a modality to address basic life and learning skills as well as reading, writing and arithmetic.
The TRAP program is successful in addressing COGNITIVE, EMOTIONAL, and PHYSICAL goals. Through inventive exercises, the program teaches and enhances skills such as: maintaining focus, using memory, socialization, turn taking, sequencing, laterality, developing leadership, recognition and use of numbers, shapes and colors, spatial awareness, fine and gross motor coordination, following instructions, and communication. Group or private lessons occur in an environment that is SUPPORTIVE, COOPERATIVE and FUN, which develops confidence and a positive self-image.
MULTI SENSORY APPROACH
Through a perceptual motor match: VISUAL, TACTILE and AUDITORY combined with SPEECH, Stephen makes learning successful as well as fun. The student sees the lesson, feels it, and then hears it as he/she speaks or sings the answers. It is this redundancy of information that facilitates positive results.
The curriculum encompasses exercises from basic life skills to rather complex and what might be considered advanced skills. Other exercises use simple musical notation as a basis. For example, a quarter note is worth one beat. There are four beats to a measure and therefore four taps on the drum. A chart depicting four notes is considered the visual perceptual motor match. The drum is considered the tactile and because the student can hear it, it becomes the auditory perceptual motor match. As the student taps out the four beats he/she simultaneously counts out loud adding the element of speech to the scenario: VISUAL, TACTILE, AUDITORY combined with SPEECH.