Whether you are looking to explore a taste of African, Brazilian or Cuban music and culture, or just have a fun and enriching rhythmic experience, our drumming workshops will bring you into the groove.
African drum circle - Drawing on the traditional rhythms of West Africa, we use djembe and dun dun drums, and can provide a drum for each pupil. This workshop is very hands on, and everyone becomes part of the group. Drumming allows children to experience making music in an accessible way and it is always surprising how much can be achieved with the right guidance. Other instruments include log drums and talking drums as well as bells and shakers. Once a basic pattern is established, we can move onto playing polyrhythms, learning solo phrases and exploring the power and dynamics of music.
In Africa, drumming is part of life, and is used for many occasions such as family and community celebrations, official events and as an accompaniment and inspiration for people working. Drumming is seldom experienced without song and dance, so we like to bring these elements into all of our workshops to create something wholesome.
Samba drumming - Brazil is part of the African diaspora, and like African drumming, Brazilian samba is a great way to work as a team and experience the rhythms of carnival. We use a mixture of bass drums, hand drums and percussion such as agogo bells, tamborims and shakers for this workshop. Don't expect it to be quiet!
Body percussion is an important part of our drumming workshops as this brings us into some awareness of the rhythm inside us all. Using our bodies as an instrument is a great way to warm up as well as to learn rhythms, and to prepare for drumming.
Junk percussion - In many parts of the world, children don't have the opportunity to use expensive instruments, but that does not stop them making music. In Africa, you will often see children playing the most complex rhythms on old tamato tins, water butts, or whatever they can lay their hands on. And in a world where we have to think about how to re-use things and re-cycle, why not try making music with our old junk. Again drawing on the music of the African Diaspora, we can use tin cans, bottles and boxes to make rubbish become rhythm.
The benefits of drumming in a group are many. Drumming encourages listening and general awareness of what is going on around us. It teaches and requires coordination, and is also a physical work out, yet it gives us energy. Drumming allows us to let off steam, to show off, to blend in as part of a group, to work as a team, and to be inside the music.