The Sistema Toronto percussion curriculum focuses on progressive skill acquisition in stick technique, understanding of time signatures, world-beats and patterns, mallet instruments and technique, instrument care and setup, rhythmic ear training, and performance.
Sistema Toronto students learn Pachanga, which is a form of Cuban bucket drumming. Pachanga classes are designed to develop aural, rhythmic and ensemble skills that will enhance students’ musical abilities and help them in their ensemble playing. Percussion ensembles also make use of hand drums, xylophones, glockenspiels, and other instruments.
Like in other program areas, students are divided into junior, intermediate, and senior groups to align with and support the learning outcomes for each level in the strings and choir curricula.