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Primary School Music: Finding rhythm

This week we have had some great workshops from Andy Gleadhill, a renowned World Music percussionist.

World Music Workshops and Assemblies

Mr Andy Gleadhill recently brought his deep knowledge of percussion from around the world to inspire our students during assemblies. He introduced the children to the music of Africa, the Carribean, South America and Malaysia. 

He also worked with each Year 6 class throughout his visit. The Year 6s developed their African drumming skills by playing long/short, high/low and loud/soft patterns on their Djembes, whilst also exploring the texture and structure of African Music. Have a look at how the Y6 students got on below:

And below they are performing a Samba piece with a more complicated structure:

Mr Andy discussed with them how music in Africa is much more integrated into everyday life and is collaborative and participatory. You can see a short performance of the West African Fanga performed by Andy Gleadhill here:

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On Friday afternoon, some of our drummers in school had the opportunity to meet Mr Andy for a special session to inspire these children who are already showing talent in their percussion work. They explored a number of tricks and exercises to help them loosen up their wrists ready for drumming. They then moved on to create a multi-layered Samba performance, which you can see below:

On Thursday evening teachers from our High School Campus and from many international schools around Bangkok came together to benefit from Andy’s immense knowledge of world music education.

Andy Gleadhill

Thanks to Andy Gleadhill for a wonderful two days of music-making!