Essex Music Services have re-launched our world music workshop offer.   These exciting one-day workshops will engage students across all settings and Key Stages with traditional instruments and rhythms.  As well as being thoroughly enjoyable for pupils, these sessions can greatly complement and enhance existing music curriculum provision and offer cross-curricular opportunities.

We offer:

– West African DjembeUp to 32 students , all year groups.

– Indian drumming (Dhols and Dholaks) – best suited for up 15 students, year 3 upwards.

Samba Music Up to 32 students , year 1 upwards.

– Aboriginal Didgeridoobest suited for up to 16 students, year 3 upwards.

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.

Cost and promotional offer

We are slashing the cost of these sessions to £60 for a half day, £100 for a full day.   This represents about 40% of the total cost, with the rest subsidised using our grant from DfE/Arts Council England. Should demand for world music workshops increase, we might not be able to fulfil all requests received, however, we are currently increasing the number of World Music Specialists that work for us and deliver in-school workshops so should have greater flexibility in the future to meet all needs.

We are now taking bookings for the summer term 2017 onwards.  Please contact Jenni Thomson.

West African Djembe Drumming                djembe

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.

These are hands-on workshops, so to make sure everyone is able to participate, groups are limited to a maximum of 15 students.

The workshops can vary according to the age and ability of the group.

Indian Dhol & Dholak Drumming     dhols

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                           samba

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                   Didgeridoo

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.
  • For more information regarding our World Music Workshops, please contact email: Jenni Thomson.