Some mentions of previous schools, groups, events and charities that we have worked with
Petham Primary School, July 2018
Drumming for Drums was kindly invited back to Petham primary school to run a series of drumming and music making workshops for the whole school! We had such a lovely time on the day, filled with African rhythms, created and interpreted rhythms and group music making. We spent the whole day outside! Petham primary is surrounded by beautiful grounds, this makes learning and playing music outside extra special. What a lovely day! Thanks for having us. We hope to come back soon!
Kingsnorth Primary School, July 2018
Drumming for Drums was invited back a third time to Kingsnorth primary school in Ashford. What a treat! This time we were solely working with the year 2. What a fantastic day spent playing djembe drums, learning drumming notation, African rhythms and best of yet, musical creation. This is something that we love to include in our workshops! We use varied percussion instruments from different cultures to create in the moment music, using the skills learnt previously in the lesson we were able to create fabulous sounding music in the moment! So lovely to be a part of!
St Ethelberts Catholic School, April 2018
Drumming for Drums was kindly asked back to St Ethelberts Catholic Primary School to run a whole day workshop for the entire school. It was a fantastic day filled with lots of Djembe drumming. We worked with the whole school from Infants up to year 6!
All pupils were taught Djembe techniques, music theory and an African rhythm. All pupils were able to take part in group drumming activities, resulting in some great rhythms.
Sturry Academy, March 2018
Drumming for Drums was kindly invited to come and provide an afternoon of Djembe drumming workshops. We had a lot of fun working with the pupils of Sturry Academy.
All pupils taking part learnt traditional techniques, music theory and traditional African rhythms. All pupils were able to create their own rhythms with some even being recorded. Drumming for Drums had a lovely time working with the pupils of Sturry Academy. We hope to come back soon and work with more of the school!
Stour Primary, January 2018
Drumming for Drums was kindly asked to come and provide a series of Djembe workshops and after school clubs for the pupils at East Stour Primary. We were very excited to be invited into East Stour Primary School.
Pupils learnt how sound-waves work and about basic musical theory. The year 5 group of East Stour Primary had a great time creating rhythms and learning traditional African ones too. As did the mixed aged year groups of the after-school club.
We had a lot of fun working with the year 5 year group as well as a mixed age after school club. We have fond memories and hope to come back next year.
Shepherdswell Beaver and Scout groups, January 2018
Drumming for Drums was kindly invited to come and provide some Djembe drumming workshops for the Shepherdswell Beaver and Scout Brigade. We were very excited to be back working with some Beavers and Scouts again.
Pupils were taught Djembe drumming techniques, music theory and African rhythms. All participants were able to take part in a solo and group performance resulting in both Beaver and Scout groups gaining their music stage 1 and 2 badge!! What a great way to spend the evening!
Both leaders had some lovely kind words to say about the workshops, read below!
“Sam came to our Beaver Scout Colony to teach us about the Djembe drum. We all got a huge amount from the experience; not just the chance to experience the drums & being in a drum circle, but also gaining a wider music based knowledge and an appreciation of the history of the Djembe. Each young person was able to participate fully, because the drums were so accessible, & Sam was excellent with the Beavers, helping them all work towards their Musician Stage 1 Badge. Thank you so much Sam! We hope to see you again in the future!” Kat, Orca (Shepherdswell) Beaver Group.
"Thank you for running a fantastic evening for both our Beavers and Scouts at the hut. All the children, young leader and leaders had a wonderful evening. It was great to learn about the history, geography, sound, rhythm and volume of the Djembe drums. I particularly like the communal aspect of these drums and how quickly first timers can actively engage in this activity. The pace and presentation was bang on!!! We had great feed back from everyone who attended or watched at the end. Thanks again Sam". Mango Section Leader 18th Dover (Shepherdswell) Scout Group.
Birichington Cub and Scout Brigade, May 2017
High Halden CEP, February 2018
High Halden CEP kindly asked Drumming for Drums to come in and provide a full day Djembe Drumming workshop.
We were able to work with the whole school of High Halden. We had a lot of fun. The pupils of High Halden were skilled enough to all perform in a solo and group performance!! This is something that we love to be a part of! We hope to come back soon.
Some other Schools, organisations and people that we have worked with:
St Anselms catholic school
Wedding parties, Kent
In home Private Drum Kit lessons, Kent
Boomtown Festival, Kidztown.
Catching lives homeless centre Canterbury
Drumming for Drums was kindly invited to come and provide some drumming workshops for the cubs and scouts of the Birchington brigade! We were more than happy to be able to work with cubs and scouts as this was a first for Drumming for Drums.
Over the course of two weeknights we were able to teach and guide the cubs and scouts into gaining their stage 1 music badge! This was a great achievement for all involved.
Pupils were taught Djembe techniques, how to play traditional African rhythms and even had the chance to create their own rhythms using the techniques and theory knowledge taught during the sessions. What a great way to earn a music badge! In just one session!
Hen party. London, February 2017
Here at Drumming for Drums, not only do we like to work with pupils in education, we like to work with anyone! Drumming for Drums was kindly asked to provide a drumming workshop for a Hen party. We all had a incredible time learning and playing Djembe drums and we created some 'in the moment' drum circle music - a great way for the group to engage and connect with each other, especially as this was the first time some of them had met! The session was split into two parts. First, we spent time learning techniques, rhythms, notation and had a play with some traditional African rhythms. Then we used what we had learnt to create some drum circle music, using Djembe drums and a wide selection of percussion instruments. This resulted in wave of music, created in the moment, interchanging with differing dynamics, tempos and rhythmic and instrumental changes. Everybody had a lot of fun, and it is always encouraging to hear the quality of music being created by people who have not had any previous drumming experience
Downs View Infant school, Ashford. 2017 - 2018
Drumming for Drums was kindly invited into Downs View infant school to provide some after-school clubs. We started the sessions off by learning some Djembe techniques, group drumming, rhythm learning and lots of shaking! We have already created some great rhythms, and have even included some groovy dance activities for people who would rather dance whilst playing percussion instruments. This has been a huge success, particularly with the younger infants who can make music while they dance to the beat of the drums. The club has been so popular we have been asked to come back for the 5th and 6th term. This is fantastic news!
Willesborough Infant school, Ashford. 2014-2018
Drumming for Drums was kindly invited to Willesborough Infant School to run some Djembe workshops for the year 2 students. This has continued for three years now, which we are all very happy about! We have had some great lessons with the pupils of Willesborough Infant School, with the addition of some dancing and cross curricular learning, which has been very successful!! We also run after-school music clubs at Willesborough which we all love and are happy to provide.
We like to incorporate lots of different instruments into our sessions. We do this because not only is it fun and interesting, it is also beneficial to know about the different playing techniques, history and origins of the instruments that we use and play. We had lots of fun as you can see in some of our photos!
We also learnt how to play various percussion instruments together as a group, resulting with some great rhythms and beats being produced from the whole year group.
Here is some feedback from teachers we at Willesborough Infant school
"Children had drumming lessons with Sam for 6 weeks. Children learnt some very interesting facts e.g tempo, dynamics etc. They learnt different rhythms and how to keep up with the high and low notes. Sam is a fantastic teacher. He was very patient and taught the children very well. Also the children learnt a lot about the history behind Djembe drumming, where the drum came from and for what purpuose people in Africa used drumming for. In a nutshell, it was a very valuable lesson for children. Thanks a alot to Sam".
Mrs Dhaimwright, Year 2 Teaching Assistant from Willesborough Infant School:
"The Drumming for Drums workshop was a fantastic way to introduce my year 2 class into our Africa topic. My class were taught basic rhythms in an exciting way that managed to keep their attention throughout! My class thoroughly enjoyed being able to experiment with the wide variety of instruments that Drumming for Drums provided. This was a great overall experience that enabled my class to work as a team, build on their listening skills and help improve co-ordination. Would definately recommend."
Miss Fountain, Year 2 Teacher, Willesborough Infant School.
Kingsnorth primary school, 2016/17/18
Drumming for Drums was asked to come into Kingsnorth Primary School in Ashford, Kent to provide a fun, educational and engaging workshop for the whole of key stage two to enjoy as an end of year treat! What a lovely, early Christmas present!
We had an amazing time learning and playing Djembe Drums with the whole of key stage two. During our sessions, the key stage 2 group were able to learn the basic drumming techniques of bass and tone notes. Pupils were taught how to hold the drum correctly and were reminded of sound waves and how they work. We also learnt and played through four different groups of notation and their counting methods! We all learnt part of a traditional African rhythm! This was great to see pupils learning, working and using the techniques previously learnt so quickly and effectively. We had an amazing time with the pupils of Kingsnorth Primary School; we hope to come back soon!
The Wyvern school, Ashford, 2016
Drumming for Drums was asked to come in to Wyvern school in September to run a series of drumming workshops for some pupils aged between 16 and 18. We had an incredible time during theses sessions. We spent some time learning and creating technical rhythms, so many great rhythms were created! We also incorporated some dancing within our sessions so that we had a true African drumming feel with the accompanying dancers. We know all of the pupils really enjoyed themselves during our time at Wyvern, we certainly did too! The progress that we all made in such a short time was encouraging and joyful for others to see, watch and take part in. We hope to come back soon!
Drumming for Drums was invited to Smugglers festival in deal this summer to help out offering with some drumming workshops for the morning festival goers. This was a lovely opportunity to play drums and percussion in the morning sun, waking up to a healing process of playing and dancing to natural music. This went down very well with all of the festival goers, we had a lot of people drumming, taking part by playing percussion instruments, people dancing along to our created/improvised music. We also had a barber quartet join in with some classic songs sang at the tempo of our drumming. Everyone involved had an amazing time, a lot of participants commented on how much better they felt after listening and taking part within the drum circle.
Smugglers festival, Deal, 2016
Bluebells children centre, Ashford 2015
In october, Drumming for Drums was asked to run a Djembe drumming workshop for a parent and child afternoon in Bluebells children centre, Ashford.
We had a lovely time, drumming and encorporating dance into our session. It seemed that both parents and pupils very much enjoyed the workshop.
We hope to come back soon!
St Ethelberts Catholic primary school, Ramsgate 2015/18
At the start of this year, Drumming for Drums was asked to come in to teach the year 2 and year 3 students of St Ethelberts Catholic Primary School.
During our time at St Ethelberts, pupils were taught about the history and origins of the Djembe, playing techniques, traditional rhythm learning and playing together as a group.
In the sessions with Year 2 we focused on rhythm building out of sentences. We focused on using the syllables and words as the rhythm/beat. We found that not only was this fun for pupils but very informative and a good, physical way of learning rhythms and literacy!
Some of the teachers had very positive things to say:
"Children thoroughly enjoyed lessons. Thanks very much for all your hard work Sam. All children benefitted".
Mr I Branton, Year 3 Teacher
"Very enjoyable for the children"
Year two teacher
Boomtown, Kidztown, August 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
For the past four summers , Drumming for Drums has had the pleasure of working at one of the most magical places in the world! Boomtown Festival, the worlds first pop up city.
Boomtown is located in Winchester, Sussex and hosts hundreds of artists, bands, dj's and workshops over one packed weekend full of wonder, mystery, fun, joy and excitement
We here at Drumming for Drums have had some amazing times at Boomtown, memories to last a lifetime. We would highly recommend a visit to Boomtown next year, become a fully fledged citizen!
Testimonials from previous pupils