Drumming Workshops deliver an exciting ‘Whole School’ morning assembly
Workshops in Schools and Colleges
African drumming workshops
African drumming is almost as old as human history, from being a primitive means of communication, subsequently developing a more prominent role in tribal rituals of dancing and celebration. The most popular, and most commonly used of the African drums is the Djembe, which dates back to at least the early 13th century. The Djembe is shaped like a large goblet and is designed to be played with the bare hands. Students of all ages can learn traditional African rhythms and culture with one of our facilitators learning Start, Stop, Loud, Soft, call and response and learning to combine different beats together to create authentic African rhythms. Our workshops are fun, lively and educational.
Samba drumming workshops
Samba Drumming has African roots due to the forced movement of African men, women and children as slaves that occurred during the exploration and colonisation of the “new world”. Samba drumming’s strongest characteristic is its rhythm, which is highly syncopated, unique for the type of rhythmic structures it builds upon. Some of the rhythms used include Samba, Bossa-nova, Rumba, Mambo, Salsa and many more. The music is traditionally performed at Carnivals, religious ceremonies and as dancing music. Our highly trained facilitators will guide students through a range of exciting Latin rhythms using a wide range of South American drums and hand percussion including bells and Claves.
We have been running drumming workshops for seventeen years and now have one of the most experienced teams of facilitators in the UK. In this time we have lead many African, Samba and Latin American Drumming workshops at numerous schools, colleges and universities all over the country. We have developed a successful repertoire of African and Latin Drumming rhythms and styles, and as a result of this, the students we have worked with have achieved excellent results.
Using African Djembes, South American drums and handheld percussion, students of all ages and standards can explore both Latin and African styles of drumming, to perform a variety of styles and rhythms. Working in groups the students can develop team skills, musical appreciation, history of rhythm, cultural awareness, concentration skills and focus.
All our workshops are very flexible and can be tailored to meet your needs. The standard format is as follows:
- 6 – 8 groups per day
- We can comfortably accommodate groups/classes of 30+ students
- Workshop duration 45 mins per group
- Age range – 4 years upwards
Things to note
- The workshops are energetic, fun and informative.
- When planning your sessions please consider space, who is within hearing distance of the workshop and if any children may be disturbed by loud noises.
- If the weather allows it is possible to work outside.
Although all our facilitators are CRB checked and have public liability insurance, it is expected that the class teachers / youth workers will be present throughout the workshop for safety reasons.
If you are planning to continue with Drumming music after the workshop we can help you to get equipment.
Some of our students from Newcastle Drum Centre playing for BBC Radio.