This week, our young musicians were given the opportunity to learn more about percussion instruments used in other cultures from all over the world as we welcomed UK percussionist and ethnomusicologist, Andy Gleadhill.
The EYFS children watched an assembly, in which Andy took them on a journey around the world through his “Shoebox Orchestra” that features tiny instruments from all over the globe.
All classes from Years 1 – 3 learned about how music is embedded in everyday life in Africa and during their sessions with Andy, they used the d’jembes to create their own African drumming performances. Years 3 and 4 continued their learning as they investigated the origins of Brazilian music and performed their own catchy carnival rhythms in a Samba band.
Finally, it was the turn of our parents who showed off their musical prowess during an African drumming workshop. There were some very sore hands by the time our parents had explored mono- and poly-rhythms. They also managed to perform some very complex rhythmic material based on rhythms borrowed from the Royal Drummers of Burundi.
Thank you to Andy Gleadhill for sharing his expertise with our school community, and to everyone who participated so enthusiastically during his workshops.
Beth Bown, Music Subject Leader at An Phu Primary