Bucketeers is the brainchild of drummer/teacher/author Andy Ziker. Applying a color-coded system to five-gallon buckets allows children to learn the art of percussion as young as two years old. Starting with one neighborhood school, the program has now grown to eight campuses across the Bay Area.
Note: As of March 30, 2020, Bucketeers has temporarily transformed into an online music education resource for children, families, and schools.
Bucket drumming provides a unique, fun learning environment for children. It allows them to:
- Collaborate while developing self-expression
- Learn to play a variety of rhythms using buckets, sticks, plastic cups, tambourines, guiros, and shakers
- Develop hand-eye and foot-eye coordination
- Increase self-discipline and active listening
- Gain an understanding of melody and syllables
- Provide a steady beat/pulse along with recorded music (both pop and children’s music)
- Perform in front of an audience
Bucketeers have been a wonderful addition to our program! Andy teaches at both our Primary and elementary campuses. The kids have a great time and look forward to Andy's weekly visits. His expertise, patience, and enthusiasm spark a tremendous passion for music in each child, resulting in a foundational platform that expands their knowledge in the world of music. I would highly recommend including Bucketeers to any program!
Karen Bamberg, Primary Guide/Site Supervisor, One World Montessori School
This is our first year to bring in the Bucketeers program, and we are happy to say that it really worked out well with our children. The lessons are easy to follow and our children have learned quickly and honed their eye-hand coordination through using the color-coded buckets and the entertaining and fun songs. Mr. Andy’s gentle demeanor suits our Montessori way of managing the class. Music always makes children happy and Mr. Andy’s Bucketeers class is a fun way to do so!
Sadaf Syed, Teacher at Good Neighbor Montessori (Palo Alto, CA)
Our children have been fortunate enough to have spent the last two years bucket drumming with Andy. They both look forward to their class each week and often ask, "Is it drumming today"? Andy is patient, keeps things exciting and helps the children remain focused. He incorporates colors, ABC's, numbers and physical movement in each class. My son has since moved on to private drum lessons with Andy and loves it. Bucket drumming, who knew? Thanks Andy!