Fab Drumming workshops are a highly creative way of fulfilling key aspects of the National Curriculum and are often used as part of cultural events such as arts weeks, WOW days, school enrichment days such as cultural awareness or diversity days, Africa topics, Black history month and other themed events.
Drumming also fits in with cross-curricular topics as literacy, numeracy, math, science, PSHE, social studies, history, PE, and music!
The pupils do not require prior knowledge of drumming or special musical skills. Everyone is given their own instrument and within minutes the class becomes an orchestra.
Example drumming workshop outline :
Playgroups & EYFS: The children go on a musical journey with stories, movement and musical games.
KS 1: The children learn basic music skills and rhythms using musical games and with stories and learn basic rhythms using easy to remember words.
KS 2: The pupils learn to play basic rhythms and layering patterns using easy to remember words and sentences.
KS 3: They learn djembe drumming techniques, traditional African polyrhythms and breaks. When these rhythmic patterns are combined the result is a fantastic piece of music. They may also compose their own rhythms to create new pieces of music or solos.
Apart from drumming you can add body percussion, gumboot dancing, singing and dancing to the workshop. The workshop can lead to a performance at the end of the day were they show what they have learned and created.