Samba workshops

Our World Music Workshops
offer exciting one-day events for students across all Key Stages with traditional instruments and rhythms.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY! Advance bookings are now open for our new  unique day of  World Music Workshops taking place on Fridays for a full day in the forthcoming Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019 terms. These days are delivered by our specialist World Music tutors. All workshop instruments are provided by the tutor.

The full-day Friday workshops are at the subsidised price of *£60 for a full day and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Bookings must be for a full day and only available on a Friday.  *(23% of the actual cost)

PLEASE NOTE:  Additional sessions are available at **£100 for a full day or **£60 for a half day. Available any day of the week (depending on tutor availability). **(44% of total cost)

Have a look at what is on offer, choose your workshop and then complete the short form found at the end of this email. Jenni Thomson  will then be in touch with you asap. Any further enquiries please contact Jenni (0333 0139362 )or email  Jenni Thomson

WHAT ARE WORLD MUSIC WORKSHOPS? As well as being thoroughly enjoyable for pupils, these drumming and didgeridoo sessions can greatly complement and enhance existing music curriculum provisions and offer cross-curricular opportunities.

All instruments are provided along with a specialist music service tutor.  Schools need to simply provide an appropriate space and organise timetables, and we encourage class teachers to learn alongside their pupils.  We can work with a range of different classes across the day, or more intensively with a smaller number of groups.

djembeWest African Djembe Drumming

This workshop is available for all year groups, for up to 32 students and can vary according to the age and ability.

The drumming workshop gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the music and tradition of West Africa. Students will learn about, and play, a djembe drum which is a skin-covered drum shaped like a large goblet which is meant to be played with bare hands.

Depending on the workshop focus, students may also have the opportunity to learn about Kpanlogo which is a recreational dance of Ghana. Kpanlogo is also the name of a drum used in Kpanlogo music, which pupils will be able to play. The kpanlogo has a tapered body (similar in shape to a conga) carved from a single log, and it has a goat, antelope, or cow skin head that is tightened with the use of pegs.



Indian Dhol & Dholak Drumming

This workshop is available for Year 3 and upwards and best suited for up to 15 students.

Indian percussion workshops will introduce your students to the increasingly popular Bhangra music. Bhangra is a fusion of music, singing and most significantly, the beat of the dhol drum, a single stringed instrument called the tumbi and an instrument reminiscent of an enlarged pair of tongs called chimta. The dhol’s smaller cousin, the dholak, is sometimes used instead of, or in addition to the dhol. Additional percussion, including tabla, is frequently used in bhangra.



Samba Drumming

This workshop is available for Year 1 and upwards and best suited for up to 32 students.

What we in Europe call samba or samba music includes several different forms of music including samba, samba reggae, afro bloc, maracatum, baio and others. In Brazil, ‘samba’ refers to the carnival music closely associated with Rio and, to a lesser extent, Sao Paulo.

These are hands-on workshops, so to make sure everyone is able to participate, groups are limited to a maximum of 20 students. The workshop will last for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes where students will learn a number of samba pieces, and develop an understanding of the context in which samba music is performed. We would aim to provide four workshops per booking. You can request longer sessions but we do not offer shorter sessions.

The samba drums are very noisy. They are also quite large and so are not suitable for Foundation/KS1 children. Due to the size of the instruments and the number of children involved, a school hall or drama studio must be provided.


Aboriginal Didgeridoo

This workshop is available for Year 3 and upwards and best suited for up to 16 students.

The workshops introduce students to Australian Aboriginal culture and the sounds of the didgeridoo.

The didgeridoo (or didjeridu) is a unique wind instrument of the indigenous Australians of northern Australia. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or ‘drone pipe’. Musicologists classify it as an aerophone. There are no reliable sources stating the didgeridoo’s exact age, although it is commonly claimed to be the world’s oldest wind instrument.

Students get the chance to play a didgeridoo as well as compose rhythms. Groups are restricted to a maximum of 15 students and sessions last approximately 40 minutes

For all workshops:

  • Please ensure a member of the teaching staff remains with the group at all times.
  • Please ensure that there is a CD player within the room to use.
  • Ensure that the space is suitable to house the workshop in, and that there is an adequate number of chairs available for the participants and workshop leaders.

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