Drumming Workshops For Schools
Global Grooves offers a range of drumming workshop experiences across a variety of percussion that will have your pupils bobbing to beats from South Asia, Africa, The Caribbean and Brazil. Each culture offers something exciting and memorable from these rich and wonderful traditions and introduces your pupils to a wonderful menu of irresistible grooves, songs and moves.
With a selection of hand drums to explore, our African drumming workshop gives students to opportunity to experience the instant gratification of group music making, following the intricate call and response element of African percussion-driven music. This exciting, energising group workshop allows individuals to explore soloing and confidence building, as well as the chance for everyone to sit back and confidently groove along to dynamic, poly-rhythmic music.
This workshop really gets the class grooving with the street beats of Brazil. These African-inspired Brazilian instruments and rhythms bring the flavour of Carnival to any classroom, inspiring cultural question-and-answer dialogue to give a fuller picture of the social context of this amazingly powerful music. Authentic instruments of all shapes and sizes emerge to suit any student’s age, size, or ability. The infectious floor-tapping beats and breaks bring together the class in percussive unison and big finale rumble!
Suitable for high school aged young musicians and drummers, the poly-rhythmic multi-instrumental music of Cuba will inspire and ignite the interest of any keen music student. Cuban street percussion music ramps up the level of challenge on the ear, and so tends to work best in smaller groups of 5-15 students to enable easier access to the more complex musical ideas and rhythm connections between the instruments. It is recommended for this workshop that students have a basic level of drumming or musical experience.
In this workshop, students gain a greater musical appreciation and understanding of Indian percussion music, whilst improving coordination and drumming skill. All participants have access to dhol drums to play on, giving them the really authentic sound and feel of playing the instrument. Our tutors regularly showcase innovative fusion music at Mela events around the UK, and bring a modern approach to Indian percussion to the classroom.
With a selection of authentic instruments to play, students will enjoy the lilting sounds of the Caribbean as part of their own steel pan band. The tutor will guide the students through individual melodic rhythm parts, eventually bringing everyone together to create a polyrhythmic piece. This workshop works best in groups of 10-15 students at a time to allow the highest quality learning experience for your budding young musicians, as many of the parts involve playing a pair of pans simultaneously.
Featuring grooves from around the globe, this workshop caters for any bespoke themes or cultural aspects that a school may wish to incorporate to suit a special event or arts day. This workshop is also a great way to explore how to make best use of more ‘interesting’ sets of equipment where students have access to a mixed set of instruments at school for ongoing musical activities.
‘The best day of my life!’
Thank you for helping us to learn African Drumming. My favourite part was all of it.
I loved the big drums! I really enjoyed doing the samba drumming, such an exciting sound when we all played together!
I really enjoyed the workshop, I got to play the different cowbell parts and it was fun (and hard!) holding all our parts together as a band.
The teacher was funny! It was a bit hard playing the drum with two different sticks, but I liked it!
I love seeing their faces at the end of a session; they can’t believe what sound they’ve created with everyone’s different parts
AndySteel Pan Tutor
I was so impressed with the way the artist incorporated both Brazilian and African flavours into the musical content to make use of the what we have in school. The African djembes with the Brazilian samba drums really sounded so funky!
Mrs LeighMusic Teacher
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