continent of Africa is home to a vast and almost infinitely rich treasure
store of music, story and dance. A DeeP Music African Workshop will
introduce your pupils to some of these riches and open a new world
of sound to them. Whilst not rooted in African culture, Derek has
worked many times with African musicians over the past 15 years. During
this time he has developed ways of sharing an extensive repertoire
with pupils in British schools based on educationally sound principles.
His workshops are enjoyable and challenging as the pupils are expected
to sing in African languages and play African percussion. Although
these workshops are a general introduction to "African"
culture, the bulk of the repertoire comes from West Africa (particularly
Ghana) and Zimbabwe.
all teachers have an eye on covering the curriculum, all sessions
recognise the importance of developing skills and knowledge in singing
and playing as well as in listening and appraising.
the children learn simple songs with movement and explore the sounds
of the drums through listening and copying and through creating
instant soundscapes and accompaniments to simple stories. Older
pupils in key stage one sing and play simple rhythms on drums and
are introduced to other African percussion.
stage two pupils are introduced to increasingly challenging repertoire,
in African languages, and arrangements of traditional rhythms, leading
to singing and playing in parts on drums and other percussion by
stage three and beyond, increasing attention is paid to good intonation
on the drums and accuracy in playing more complex rhythms in parts.
The rhythms at this stage tend to be ordered into structured pieces
and pupils will be required to respond to cues and signals to develop
stages pupils may be given the opportunity to listen to recorded
examples of traditional and contemporary African music and encouraged
to comment on what they hear. This would include becoming increasingly
aware of similarities and differences between African music and
more familiar European styles.
Music African Music workshops are suitable for up to one class of
pupils at a time and usually last between 45 minutes and 1 hour,
depending on the age and experience of the pupils. Instruments are
provided, although in some classes pupils may have to share.
£300 per day
a DeeP Music African Workshop
Derek usually works on his own, sometimes teachers prefer to have
an authentic African voice. This can be arranged when such projects
are usually undertaken with an artist / storyteller from Nigeria.
Phone or write for details and costs.)