Workshops

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Have a browse through the menu and see which workshops appeal to you or  which you feel will suit your groups. All workshops are fun and accessible, whilst giving new skills, increasing confidence, and offering great team building opportunities.

They are suitable for those with little  previous experience, but can be adapted to suit the varied requirements/abilities of any group and across age ranges. Involve the whole family in a fun workshop, your employees, the office, or take to the streets. Endles options.

Three typical workshop set ups -

A one off ‘taster’ workshop, usually lasting 1-2 hours - A full day or half day workshop - A longer series of weekly or week end workshops, generally ending with a performance.

Participants enjoy using a wide range of instruments from all around the world, tuned and un-tuned percussion; an ever - increasing collection! They include all different types and sizes of hand drums, hand percussion, chimes, boom whackers, ballaphons, and xylophones, keyboards, guitars and if appropriate, electronic equipment. If groups, schools or individuals have some of their own instruments, they can be used alongside.


* Body Beats 

We use the body and voice to make rhythmic and percussive sounds. This is a great way to explore rhythm. Make a samba band, get into South African gumboot rhythms, play poly rhythms. Fantastic fun, as well as providing accessible ways into music making. Large groups love this but works with 6 or more people. Good for team building.

Drum For Fun
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Drumming fulfils a very primal need in most of us and is great fun, very focusing, and a powerful way of making music with other people. It is an excellent, accessible way into music as well as being a music genre in its own right. Working in a drum circle, we will start with rhythm games and activities and end with cross rhythms.  A selection of hand percussion and drums  is provided, including djembes, tubano, cajons, darbuka, as well as percussion instruments from around the world. We will look at the building blocks of rhythm so that participants feel confident about making their own rhythms, as well as learning some traditional African and Samba rhythms, and how they fit together. See children enjoying a session.

Playing with Rhythm and Melody

We  demystify music by looking at the building blocks of rhythm & melody using tuned and un tuned percussion. We’ll explore creative expression with a host of wonderful instruments, with drums, body beats and voice. The group                                                                                                                          learns to make simple arrangements, make music together, sustain rhythms, start composing lyrics, perhaps compose a song. Lots of games and activities  along the way. A wonderful chance to make music with others, and develop listening skills that will inform and inspire musical play.

* Get into Jamming

Clear and easy ways to develop improvisational skills to free  musical potential, and develop a freedom in playing.

* Play The Landscape

With different beaters we will play our environment and explore sound and vibration. This is a soundscape hSquared created playing the local telephone exchange- 'Calling You'

* The Art of Looping                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Using simple, state of the art technology, small groups (also one to one) can build layers of musical texture, to make soundscapes and instrumental/vocal pieces, or whole songs. These workshops give an opportunity to try out ideas, new instruments, vocal lines etc, riffs, melodic lines, etc, record them instantly and then experiment over the top of this music with improvisation, spoken word, vocal texture. Looping is a brilliant way into composing. And it's instant. We work with the Boss RC20 and the more advanced Boss RC50, as appropriate for the group or individual.

* Songwriting & Spoken Word

Here we look at song structure, essential and potential ingredients, and ways into writing lyrics using various techniques to give us source material. We also look at the different types of song and what has worked for well known songs and why. And we'll take a look at melody, and the rhythm of melody as essential considerations when writing a song.

* Acoustic Band Project

Choosing a name/identity, instrumentation, song writing skills, melody, rhythm, chord progressions, middle eights, riffs structure and arrangement, dynamics and tempo, style. The new 'band' will gain a good understanding of all these components, and depending on the length of the project, will have created one or more fully arranged songs. Digital effects boxes and loop station can add texture and exciting possibilities.

Street music in Sicily

" A fantastic experience - I loved it and want to do more. Brilliant tutor -lots of fun."

" Enjoyable and learned a lot - love to do it again."

"Great course! Very interesting and lots of 'hands on' experience. Exceeded my expectation to learn more about rhythm. Thank You."

CURRENT WORKSHOPS/PROJECTS, OPEN TO PUBLIC

Drum For Fun


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