Proven workshops/ideas for your school groups, nurseries and further education establishments include:
- Workshops in West African Drumming and polyrhythmic playfulness
- Workshops in West African dance (with live drumming)
- Educational performances with and talks about a variety of West African percussion and stringed instruments, and their traditional uses
- Musical storytelling events for younger children
- Sound adventures for special needs groups
We provide fun, dynamic and informative workshops in drumming and dancing, consisting of rhythm games, silliness, body percussion, call and response songs, drum technique and specific rhythms and melodies on the djembe. All of this delivered in a fun, inclusive environment.
Classes start off with getting the blood moving and raising their energy using call and response, body percussion and voice. They learn the rhythms before they even touch the drums by singing phrases that have the same rhythms that they will be playing. Then, we sit at the drums and have a quick run through on techniques, to learn how to hit the drum so not to hurt oneself and get the best sounds.
From there, kids learn different rhythm patterns and melodies, slowly putting together a complete piece of work with different parts layered together.
We can work on a piece which can then be performed for others.
Classes are energetic and educational, the kids work on skills such as listening and working together as a group, they are also encouraged to solo and express themselves.
One-off classes are high energy and exciting, while classes that are part of an ongoing course have time to slow down a bit and really concentrate on developing technique and more complex rhythms and breaks. They also allow more time to develop the skills involved with working with others as a group, thereby building confidence to explore self expression on the drum in the form of solos.