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African Drumming Workshops for Schools

World Percussion learning objectives and outcomes

  • To understand how to care for the instruments and its main characteristics/sounds.
  • To understand the importance of each instrument in a drum ensemble by performing each of these in an ensemble.
  • To understand the importance of polyrhythm through interlocking different parts in a group.
  • To understand the importance of call & response in African music.
  • To understand improvisation, repetition and different musical variations/structures through performing these as a whole drum ensemble.
  • To learn most important musical keywords, i.e: Polyrhythm, Dynamics, Rumble, Djembe, Djum-Djum, Call & Response, Structure, Timbre, a go-go, Improvisation, Interlude , Structure and others

Cross Curricula Approaches

  • Geography: Pupils/students are taught the historical and geographical background of each of the instruments involved as well as the main characteristics of African music in general.
  • Maths: Also drumming helps children to learn maths. When children learn rhythm and music bar divisions, they are learning ratios, fractions and proportions.
  • Communication skills and speech: Performing simple musical patterns teaches a child how language is constructed.To understand the history and the background of each of the instruments involved as well as the main characteristics of African music in general.
  • Maths: Also drumming helps children to learn maths. When children learn rhythm and music bar divisions, they are learning ratios, fractions and proportions.
  • Literacy, Communication skills and speech: Performing simple musical patterns teaches a child how language is constructed.
  • Teamwork and Social Skilss

    • Emotional intelligence and creative thinking: It helps improve children's ability to reason abstractly.
    • Concentration and listening skills: Pupils are encouraged to follow actions through performing various rhythmical structures which develop listening skills, attention and concentration.
    • Self-expression and self confidence: As a non-verbal language, it conveys a complexity of emotions, and offers a means of expression to a shy or diffident child who finds it hard to communicate through speech.
    • Team spirit and social skills: Pupils socialise and interact with each other in a perfect and organic way. It helps them develop higher levels of social cohesion and understanding of themselves and others. Pupils are encouraged by positive responses to collect and return their instruments; taking turns and listening to other people perform.