Our ‘Let’s Drum’ workshops prove to be of our most popular secondary school workshops every year. Each year, we travel nationwide with our series of secondary school workshops, delivering engaging and interactive content across all age groups. This year, on the 6th of February, we had the pleasure of being invited to deliver an 80 minute drumming workshops in Donahies CS. Mobile Music School tutor Shay led the workshop, with the second year students of Donahies CS.
‘Let’s Drum’ – Drumming Workshops for Secondary Schools
The group received an 80 minute, hands-on drumming workshop, full of fun and energetic activities. Mobile Music tutor Shay always ensures that each music session is interactive and engaging, and creates an environment that is relaxing and open for every student to express themselves.
The students actively engaged throughout each class and went from a group of students who had little or no musical skills and knowledge to a group who could perform as part of a drumming ensemble, read music notation, create rhythms and patterns of their own; and take on leadership roles with the group.
Secondary School Workshops – Techniques
With this second year group, the students showed great enthusiasm and managed to cover a wide range of material, including extensive ear training and instrument technique. We also mixed up the drumming workshops by adding some energetic samba drumming and African drumming styles. Some other basic music notation included minims, crotchets, quavers and semi-quavers and their associated rests. Shay and the students had a ball exploring the role of the composer and experimenting with how to create rhythms, which they performed for the entire class group.
The drumming workshop was a huge success! Each session culminated in the performance of a piece of drumming music, which fused everything we learned together – technique, listening skills, counting, instrumentation, rhythms of the world, the beat and dynamic control. The energy and enthusiasm from the students made each performance all the more special. Music tutor Shay noted that the students in Donahies CS did a fantastic job, and he was really impressed with how quickly they picked up their new percussion skills!
To learn more about our drumming workshops for schools, please get in touch with us via our contact page to discuss these options in more detail.