"Children exposed to a multi-year programme of music tuition involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practice skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non - musically trained peers" - Psychology of music journal
We like to incorporate cross-curricular learning into our Djembe and Drum circle music lessons!
Here at Drumming for Drums, we understand the importance of learning literacy and numeracy skills and understand that people learn and interpret information differently. This is why we incorporate aspects of the core subjects into our modules in an engaging, fun and physical way.
Within the Literacy aspect we cover:
Spelling rhythms of high frequency words
Rhythm sentence building adding elements of VCOP
Within the Numeracy aspect we cover:
Basic addition and subtraction
Basic multiplication and divison
Factors of numbers
We also mention shapes, as musical instruments come in all shapes and sizes!
Djembe drumming consists of multiple players in a group setting, playing, learning and mastering the art of African beats and rhythms. Pupils will be taught about the history and origins of the Djembe and a wide range of techniques to create differing notes and tones.
The Djembe drumming module provides the perfect chance to come together with classmates and play music as a group.
We focus on playing the Djembe, as this is a widely used African drum in western music. There is an extensive history about the Djembe of which we cover most aspects of in this module. The course helps provide both a cultural learning experience as well as an exciting chance to play an instrument.
Djembe drumming is more accessible to a larger group therefore allowing more players to take part compared to acoustic drumming. Djembe drumming connects people in a fun and engaging way. It also allows creativity to flow and most importantly it brings people together, working towards common goals.
Drum circle music workshop
The Drum circle music module allows players at any level to come together and play music as a group. This is achieved by learning basic skills and tools to help create drum circle music. No previous musical knowledge or theory skills are needed. The module is aimed to show that anyone, with or without musical knowledge, is capable of creating music in a group atmosphere.
The instruments we use in this module are from all over the world. Some of the many instruments used in this module include; Boom-whackers, Egg shakers, Maracas, Ankle bells, Tambourines, Rainmakers, Indian flutes, Guiros, Hand drums, Djembe drums, Claves and many more.
The group is led by a Drum Facilitator. The Facilitator teaches the group to play and interact with music using different tools and in doing so, enables the group to play along and contribute to the music being created within the circle.
A drum circle is a musical gathering. It is more than just the instruments and the act of drumming, as it is also the shared experience of the participants. Drum Circles are a form of recreational music making, which means that the focus is not on performance but rather on individual and group development as well as being great fun!
Acoustic and electric drum tuition
This option of tuition is geared towards teaching pupils how to play Acoustic drums, also known as the Traditional Drum Kit. We focus on teaching basic rudiments, beats, rhythmical exercises and time signatures. During acoustic drumming lessons pupils get the chance to play many different styles of musical genres. This tuition option is aimed at teaching pupils how to play acoustic drums at a basic and intermediate level, including tuition on basic music theory.
Pupils will be taught how to play the drums in a wide variety of styles. These include rock, pop, funk, Latin, groove, swing and many more.
Lessons are be tailored to meet the individual’s learning desires.
Acoustic drum lessons tend to take place in a one-to-one situation. However, if there are multiple pupils wanting to learn and if there is adequate space to fit in two drum kits, then arrangements can be made for group lessons (3 pupils max).
We have provided two choices of how to conduct acoustic drum lessons. They can either take place on an acoustic drum kit or on an electric drum kit.
We have provided these two options to overcome the problems caused by excessive noise. Electric drums have a volume dial and the option of head phones so practice can be carried out reducing the disturbance to other lessons taking place.