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African Drumming Workshop

posted 30 Apr 2014, 06:27 by Amanda Waind   [ updated 30 Apr 2014, 07:05 by Jacqueline Allott ]
On Monday 14th April Year 2 experienced an amazing African Drumming Workshop led by Drummer Steve Rivers from Unbeatable Energy Ltd.  We have been studying various Learning Challenges investigating the geography, lifestyles and art and culture of Kenya this half term and the afternoon was part of our final learning challenge to explore traditional African music.

The children were introduced to the hand drums and shown how to play them to create different tones and follow various rhythms. By the end of a paced and focussed 2 hour teaching and learning the children (and to a lesser degree their teacher!) performed to the whole school and some of their parents.  They delivered a remarkable lengthy and sustained piece of drumming and also inspired a very imaginative and creative section of performance with pupils, from our group and then from our brilliant audience, dancing in the centre of our drumming circle and impressively getting into the rhythm of a real tribal dance. It was a delight to watch and showcased a plethora of talent and bravery as individual children and groups got up and took to the floor dancing to the beat of the group drumming. Awesome!

 The children were superb and remained so attentive throughout the afternoon. Steve was very impressed by their concentration and responses. Since Monday several pupils have told me that they have been demonstrating some of their rhythms on bedroom doors and table tops at home.  Perhaps St Marys may have a few budding drummers in their midst!

Well done everyone! Also a BIG thank you to the group of Year 6 pupils (you know who you are!) who helped Steve and I set up the hall during lunchtime, I really appreciated your help.