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Liven up your Classroom this Year with our Explosive  African Drumming Workshops 

African Drumming Ireland is one of the leading providers of Professional, Educational and fun drumming workshops in Ireland. 

Since 2006 our Drumming Program  has kept students and Teachers enthralled and actively focused participants, in every aspect of our workshops.  Simply put students – love it ! 

 

 

What is it all about ? 

 

 Our African Drumming workshops for schools have been growing in popularity each year. 

 Its high success rate with students and adults has encouraged and fostered a love of West African Music, Rhythm and Culture in Primary and Secondary schools in Ireland, opening students to new musical and life experiences. We introduce the basic rhythmic concepts of West African and World percussion to schoolchildren through Drumming, Chanting, Singing, Body Percussion, Call and Response and storytelling. 

 

Using the West African Djembe (pronounced djem – bay) students assemble in the drum circle. This is a safe, facilitated,  non-competitive space where we learn to explore our connection to Rhythm and Sound using a variety of percussion instruments, bells, shakers etc. All the school needs to provide are the seats and the room. We do the rest. We can currently cater for classes of up to 34. Even the most disconnected student will find it hard to resist the powerful urge to be part of a musical ensemble and hit the drum. Drumming is contagious. Everybody even the teachers want to be involved! 

 

Have a look at our Videos below ! 

 

Why Drumming ? 

Drumming together is a powerful method of building children’s confidence and self-esteem. Because it’s so much fun beating a drum children learn the magic of: 

  • Developing listening skills and focus 
  • Teamwork 
  • Cooperation not competition 
  • Being creative 
  • Voice work – through simple call and response songs 
  • How to make music together  (Great way to learn about Cultural Diversity) 
  • Leadership skills – directing the whole group 
  • Making music and having fun 

 Can everybody Drum ? 

Yes everybody can Drum – even the Teachers ! All age groups are catered for . 

As Irish children, generally have never had any in-depth exposure to African cultures, Drumming can be a way of breaking down barriers at a social level and forming friendships. Drumming can also help to integrate children from different backgrounds and beliefs into a new school environment as drumming can be taught purely visually without words. 

 

“When a class first begins to drum together as a group they are all equal in their ability and musical understanding as the drum is totally new to them. Through the process of cooperation and listening to each other, a bonding happens in order to create the overall musical sound. This inclusion extends to all members of the group.  As the African proverb says “ The drum knows no colour”. 

 

Liven up your Classroom this Year with our Explosive  African Drumming Workshops 

 African Drumming Ireland is one of the leading providers of Professional, Educational and fun drumming workshops in Ireland. 

Since 2006 our Drumming Program  has kept students and Teachers enthralled and actively focused participants, in every aspect of our workshops.  Simply put students – love it ! 

 What is it all about ? 

 Our African Drumming workshops for schools have been growing in popularity each year. 

 Its high success rate with students and adults has encouraged and fostered a love of West African Music, Rhythm and Culture in Primary and Secondary schools in Ireland, opening students to new musical and life experiences. We introduce the basic rhythmic concepts of West African and World percussion to schoolchildren through Drumming, Chanting, Singing, Body Percussion, Call and Response and storytelling. 

Using the West African Djembe (pronounced djem – bay) students assemble in the drum circle. This is a safe, facilitated,  non-competitive space where we learn to explore our connection to Rhythm and Sound using a variety of percussion instruments, bells, shakers etc. All the school needs to provide are the seats and the room. We do the rest. We can currently cater for classes of up to 34. Even the most disconnected student will find it hard to resist the powerful urge to be part of a musical ensemble and hit the drum. Drumming is contagious. Everybody even the teachers want to be involved !

 Have a look at our Videos below ! 

 Why Drumming ? 

Drumming together is a powerful method of building children’s confidence and self-esteem. Because it’s so much fun beating a drum children learn the magic of: 

  • Developing listening skills and focus 
  • Teamwork 
  • Cooperation not competition 
  • Being creative 
  • Voice work – through simple call and response songs 
  • How to make music together  (Great way to learn about Cultural Diversity) 
  • Leadership skills – directing the whole group 
  • Making music and having fun 

 Can everybody Drum ? 

Yes everybody can Drum – even the Teachers ! All age groups are catered for . 

As Irish children, generally have never had any in-depth exposure to African cultures, Drumming can be a way of breaking down barriers at a social level and forming friendships. Drumming can also help to integrate children from different backgrounds and beliefs into a new school environment as drumming can be taught purely visually without words. 

 

“When a class first begins to drum together as a group they are all equal in their ability and musical understanding as the drum is totally new to them. Through the process of cooperation and listening to each other, a bonding happens in order to create the overall musical sound. This inclusion extends to all members of the group.  As the African proverb says “ The drum knows no colour”. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes this Drumming is a tough Business !

 

 

 

 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details about our African Drumming Workshops for Schools. We will work around your school timetable and are available to do one day/half day workshops or teaching on a weekly basis as part of our 8 week program. Each class receives a 45 minute session.

 

( African Drumming Ireland is covered under public liability insurance)

 

In these current difficult economic times, our pricing is competitive. Often for a whole day’s drumming with the school, it can work out less than 1 euro per student.

 

Also, view some of the testimonials we have received over the years from our educational work in schools.

About

African Drumming Ireland, Main Teacher - Patrick

Musican and Drum Facilitator,  Patrick Naughton , has been working in the field of Education and Community based music since 2006, bringing thousands of dynamic and interactive Workshops to diverse Communities and schools throughout Ireland.

Patrick founded African Drumming Ireland in response to peoples desire to drum and embrace new forms of learning , through the use of traditional African Percussion and Song.

Drawing upon his background and training as a Photographer,  Woodsculptor and Musician –    Patrick  saw the multifold benefits  African Drumming could bring to  Communities whilst also acting as a social, cohesive tool to create Community.  The first series of Drumming Programs were created for Schools and Community groups in 2006  utilising Drumming as an accelerated method to learn music in a fun and accessible way.

Early Days

Born and raised in Dublin,  Patrick comes from a rich Musical heritage. Both Patrick’s Grandparents, from the West of Ireland, played Traditional Songs and Airs on the Button Accordion, whilst his father a keen singer, shared his love of music with him.

Patrick’s own musical journey began at the age of 8 years old when his father gifted him with a Bodhran and Banjo.  With his Fathers  encouragement he  included him in a family musical project which saw them play in hundreds of different venues throughout Ireland in the 1980’s . Two years in his schools classical orchestra playing Snare Drum and Timpani was his first taste of formal education in Percussion.

1996 saw Patrick embrace the West African Djembe Drum and its tradition.” In 1996 in Ireland there were very few players who knew anything about the Djembe really yet there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm about and around it with the whole emergence at the time around world music”. Attending Workshops by Bisi Agun a Nigerian and listening to the likes of Kila who utilised West African Percussion in their sound, saw him collaborating with street percussionists, Community parades, Drum Circles and musicians furthering his enthusiasm and knowledge for African Drumming.

In 1999 Patrick travelled to Gambia West Africa where he experienced first-hand the power of African Drumming with lessons in Moussa Camaras compound Banjul and nightly performances by the resident Guinean Percussion group “Fatala” in various venues around Banjul, Gambia. A further foray inland to Pakaliba, Gambia saw him witnessing and participating in Traditional Sabar Drum and Dance in a traditional Village setting.

A further trip in 2004 Patrick again to West Africa, this time Abene ,Cassamance in Southern Senegal where he further enhanced his studies of percussion laying the foundations for African Drumming Irelands exciting future.

Mission Statement

Our Aim is to deliver high quality , Professional Percussion programs , at affordable prices throughout Ireland

Since 2006 Patrick has worked in numerous 3rd level Colleges, Schools, Art projects and community groups facilitating Percussion workshops as well as teaching a weekly class to Adults and students. His commitment, Passion and enthusiasm for drumming is the vehicle by which he communicates his authentic knowledge of Mandingue Drumming to all age groups. This is always done in a fun, relaxed informal way so that the participants get to experience the full power, atmosphere and feel of West African Drumming, creating a lasting, memorable experience.