Our secondary and college drumming workshops are fully participatory for all students, including Pathways and Gifted and Talented sessions. You can run them for a specific group or for an entire year - assemblies and other touch points can enable the whole school to become involved. Drumming sessions are particularity popular on Citizenship days and for Black History Month. Please remember they can easily be combined with our other activities at no extra cost.
All of our African drummers for schools are professional African musicians - enabling richer, deeper, and authentic educational experiences teaching percussion within its cultural context. Rhythms and songs taught are from Sene-Gambia, Guinea or Ghana - depending on where your practitioner is from.
Classes can work towards a performance and drumming activities can be mixed with other artforms.
The workshop will be authentic, dynamic and energetic. Hire of 30 djembé comes as standard with each booking, up to 1000 are available on request - allowing classes to be collapsed so we can teach more students, where space is available.
This dynamic workshop is an introduction to the energetic style of West African drumming; it's one of our most popular workshops with 100% participation!
College and secondary school Djembé workshops are fantastic for getting fast results! Originating from West Africa, these drums are familiar to all our practitioners. They have sonorous tonal qualities and are relatively simple to play, meaning your class can quickly work on a hypnotising beat! Every participant will have a djembé for the entire session. They will learn a piece aurally (as your practitioner learnt it). Children will respond to aural and visual queues and will have the opportunity to perform a solo.
College and secondary school Kpanlogo workshops are taught on Kpanlogo; Ghanaian drums, originally played by the Ga and now played all across Ghana. They are highly versatile and can be played both with sticks and hands. Traditionally they are played in groups of six drums, with great tonal and pitch variety between the drum sizes. Complex polyrhythms make up the beat. This workshop is more suited to music students.
Drumming workshops can be taught with the song that accompanies that rhythm, commonly in a call and response format. Your college or secondary school drumming workshop can be supplemented with a number of other instruments to make up the rhythm. In addition to the 30 djembe, each practitioner has with them as standard, the cow bell which forms the frame for the tune, shakers, xylophone (balafon) and the Dun Dun base drum.
Sample Timetable with one class
The majority of our secondary school drumming workshops are held for Black History Month and off timetable days such as Citizenship days and arts weeks. Here we are happy to work to your learning objectives. However, where necessary we can work towards the Key Stage 3 music curriculum particularly elements 1b & 1c, 2a, 4d, 5e.
Workshops of course also cover and enhance elements of the Key Stage 4 and 5 music curriculum. If this is of interest you may wish to explore our GSCE African drumming workshops and A Level African drumming workshops.
All students will...
Experience playing base, tone and slap on a djembé/kpanlogo drum
Play a djembé/kpanlogo rhythm
Sing a call and response song
Enhance rhythmic skills
Develop listening skills
Most students will...
Learn a djembé/kpanlogo rhythm
Learn a call and response song
Learn to work in an ensemble and respond to changes in the music
Develop confidence through performing to the school and/or parents
Enhance improvisation skills
Create a basic composition
Some students will....
Use the rhythms they have been taught as the basis for further complex solo improvisation
Hold a rhythm and sing a melody in synchronisation
Create a composition with polyrhythms
Timetabling a workshop
Every practitioner can offer six sessions with at least 30 students in each session throughout the day.
We work with 14 practitioners across the UK and are happy to work with you to develop a timetable to suit your needs.
The kids were really buzzing after the workshops and every single one that I asked said they thought it was brilliant. I will definitely be recommending you to colleagues in other schools and hope that we can use you again.
The hurligham Academy
This was an absolutely fantastic and worthwhile experience for our students. The performance at the end of the day made them feel incredibly proud and confident - a brilliant day facilitated by the happiest workshop leaders I've ever worked with.
All of the students have had such a valuable experience, and we have had excellent feedback regarding your company. Kwame was evidently very experienced, and engaged with the students really well. He also worked with the school's agenda, and the day ran very smoothly. I hope that we will be able to work with you again next year.
BASINGSTOKE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
It was great as always!! The learners were really interested, got involved and we had some fantastic feedback. They said: it was amazing, epic, learnt something new and thoroughly enjoyed myself
Thanks so much for the workshops today. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. (Children and Adults!)
We love your passion and enthusiasm and we learnt so much from you about your culture. We will definitely be in touch about booking some more workshops next year.
We had an absolutely super morning with Kwame and team – they were so friendly and pitched the sessions at exactly the right level. The girls and staff had a super time!
School drumming workshop prices
£385 Full Day (Max 6 hours) with 1 practitioner
£320 Half Day (Max 3 hours) with 1 practitioner
Each additional practitioner is £320 per session
This is teaching time. Please note set up and break down is not charged but practitioners would be very grateful for help from the school!
Plus travel expenses and VAT
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