Secondary Schools & Youth

Ditch the traditional talk based interventions, put the mobile devices away, & let the drums do the talking!

With EVERY BEAT, young people build a sense of connection, success, empowerment, and wellbeing!

Guaranteed to unite everyone in the room within minutes, drumming together has the power to connect strangers, facilitate community engagement, and inspire change to the beat of the drum.

Afrobeat are passionate drum leaders - ‘life educators’ who inspire young adults through the medium of the drum and music making. Within minutes, Afrobeat transform a group of novice young drummers from a cacophony of noise into a lively orchestra. With every beat, their excitement builds as they begin to sense the power of their rhythmic contributions and realise their musical potential and the support of their peers.

Drumming teaches young people valuable life skills that will endure a lifetime including mindfulness, resilience, and perseverance while fortifying community values, inspiring cultural awareness, diversity and team spirit.

Because ‘The djembe knows no borders’, it levels the playing field, allowing all abilities, backgrounds, languages, social status, and experiences to come together in a FUN, relaxed and creative environment.

Encouraged to ditch limiting self beliefs, peer pressure, and their comfort zone, participants are immediately rewarded by the simple act of engagement, contribution, and freedom to express their true selves to the beat of the drum.

Through rhythmic entrainment, drummers relax, learn to quiet the distraction, regain focus, and calm breath and mind.

The message is – Everybody belongs, everybody has a part to play.


and experience it for yourself!

See how we engage 300 Year 7’s in our Interactive Drumming Show while capturing the School’s themes of Compassion, Innovation & Integrity.


Check out our 'Director's Cut' with original audio & candid moments including student dance-off!

What others are saying...

DRUMMING COURSE – Werrington Youth Centre, NSW 1

These workshops were highly successful in bringing together our community. Participants learned the beautiful rhythms of Africa and their cultural stories. We learned how different rhythms were specific to different celebrations & customs. It was an enlightening experience for all involved. During these workshops, we were approached by the producers of Channel 10’s

DRUMMING COURSE – Werrington Youth Centre, NSW 2

…’Totally Wild’ to film a story on African Drumming. It was an extremely exciting time, bringing a community of young people, parents & workers together. Janine is very sincere & genuine & has the ability to energise a group of people & inspire them to share with her the wonderful rhythms & dances of Africa.

6 week Drumming Program for At-risk Youth – Leaps and Bounds 1

Leaps and Bounds staff and students had a great term, which culminated in a brilliant performance. Indeed, the facilitator was very charismatic & always appropriate for our students who all have different issues and difficulties. The performance in front of parents driven by Afrobeat’s enthusiasm & belief in them was an amazing feat for students…

6 week Drumming Program for At-risk Youth – Leaps and Bounds 2

…who may never have an opportunity to show their skills or push their limits in front of an audience, particularly one who they believe may be sceptical or negative. They put their fears aside, and the looks on their faces showed how important this event (and the previous lessons) had been.

Geelong Grammar School

Afrobeat were wonderful, ahead of time, friendly, warm with the students and staff and, of course, great performers. Each time we have AFROBEAT people here, they bring a little light and happiness with them. From our point of view, it’s a ‘win’ every time.

AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOPS – Youth Camp, SLASA (Spanish & Latin-American Ass for Social Assistance)

We were impressed with Janine’s performance & standard of professionalism towards her work. The young people were very enthusiastic toward her and the skills she had to offer. Janine possesses excellent communication skills and has no difficulties relating to people at all levels. Her methods of teaching were very simple & easy to understand.

Self Esteem Building for VCAL Students – Lara Secondary College

It was a great experience! The teaching style allowed students to learn and participate without feeling judged or like they couldn’t drum. Students were highly engaged and left keen to do more in the future. An all-inclusive drumming experience that takes a complete novice to a basic drummer in as little as 40 min!

City of Greater Geelong – Youth Development Unit, Connected Communities

Thanks so much for the session last week. It was really enjoyable, the group loved it. You are very good at what you do!

6 Week Drumming Program for at Risk Students – Leaps & Bounds

We’ve enjoyed Afrobeat throughout the sessions over 6 weeks. Students at Leaps and Bounds have high needs so it was fantastic that the facilitators were flexible, adaptable & accommodating. Afrobeat’s presentation was always vibrant & engaging. You clearly have great connections with young adults & your ability to empathise was great.

INTERACTIVE DRUMMING SHOWS for 300 Year 7s – St Joseph’s College, Geelong

We had lots of terrific feedback from staff and students. A quote from one of the students… ‘I really enjoyed the boomwhackers they were interesting. The boomwhackers were little tubes and when you bang them together they each made a different sound’. Thanks for another energetic experience.

Interactive Drumming Show – St Joseph’s College, Geelong

A vibrant, energetic performance thoroughly enjoyed by the students and staff that enabled full participation while capturing our school’s themes.  

Afrobeat’s Interactive Drumming is perfect if you’re looking to help your group

  • Get inspired to participate in mainstream activities
  • Build confidence
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Develop Respect & Sense of Pride
  • Feel a greater sense of belonging
  • Improve social skills
  • Harness peer support
  • Increase self esteem, self-worth and self belief
  • Improve communication, listening and response skills
  • Develop better memory and concentration
  • Learn mindfulness and other coping skills
  • Cooperate and contribute in a group environment
  • Build resilience and perseverance
  • Instill a sense of history, community, tradition and culture
  • Build tolerance of other’s differences
  • Get energised and inspired
  • Improve self expression
  • Develop cultural awareness and diversity
  • Experience solidarity and social harmony
  • Improve mental health
  • Build leadership and follow-ship Skills
  • Practice patience and self-control
  • Meet on an equal playing field
  • Work together as a team to create music
  • Learn a new skill
  • Foster imagination & creativity
  • Experience a sense of connection and celebration

Application Ideas

  • Music & Dance Incursions
  • Interactive Whole School Entertainment
  • FULL / HALF DAY Programs - Round Robin Workshops
  • Whole Year Level Engagement
  • Year 7 - Transition
  • Building Resilience through rhythm
  • Re-engage disengaged students
  • Year 9 - Leadership Development to run Peer Lead Program
  • School & Youth Camps
  • At Risk Youth
  • BEAT Stress - Student Wellbeing Program
  • Stress Relief for Senior Students
  • Community Engagement
  • Team Building
  • Staff PD Activity
  • And MORE!

If you are experiencing any problems with our online inquiry form, please phone our friendly team on 1300 910 448.

Afrobeat is committed to the safety of our community!

*Covid Safe Drumming TIPS*

1. Wash your hands before touching the drums

2. Respect social distancing between Participants and Facilitator

3. Participants exhibiting 'symptoms' should not participate in the activity

4. Where necessary, our Facilitator will wear a mask

What's on offer?

Afrobeat Youth Drumming

Year 7 Welcome - Interactive Drumming Show!

Suit: Whole Year Level engagement - (Year 7 recommended)

Group Size: Minimum group size 100

Duration: 30 - 45 min


EVERYONE gets a drum & and Invitation to join in!

Afrobeat's unique Interactive Drumming Show delivers an unforgettable impact! To the delight and surprise of unsuspecting audiences, Afrobeat invite EVERYONE to take up a drum of their own and join in the show.

Within minutes, Afrobeat have students beating out rhythms of unity, creating musical harmony and an outstanding theatrical performance! With every beat, enthusiasm and excitement build as students begin to sense the power of their individual rhythmic contributions! Before they know it, they have become performers rather than spectators and the group dynamic and team spirit begin to emerge.

Leadership Training

Year 9 – Transition & Leadership Training

Suit: Whole Year Level in Smaller Groups

Duration: 8 Week Course OR 2 Day intensive


The Drum is a vehicle for personal transformation and community building in this 8-week journey.

When we drum together, we create a unique microcosm for learning that provides a common language, experience, analogies, and stories which can be related back to the school environment and its culture.

Our Leadership Drumming Program teaches students to be drum circle facilitators on the premise that if you can successfully conduct an interactive drumming experience, you can lead a team! While students learn to play African drums, building dynamic sounds, and working together without words to create music, they will also be introduced to themes of teamwork, communication, respect, self-identity, and community values, which Afrobeat masterfully weave throughout the course. The weekly experience serves as a catalyst for continuing these themes and discussions back in the school environment.


Year 11 & 12 – Mindfulness & Meditation

Suit: Stress relief and Mindfulness for Senior Students

Duration: 60 min


There is a growing body of research on the therapeutic effects of group drumming. Ground-breaking studies show drumming benefits the immune system, stress levels, and mood. It also shows that repetitive drumming changes brain wave activity, inducing a state of calm, and focused awareness. Just what senior students need to get through the everyday pressures, demands, and expectations of the senior school years.

When we drum, we engage both hemispheres of our brain simultaneously. This is meditation. Uplifted, alive, and present in the current moment. Through this rhythmic entrainment, students learn to quiet the distraction, regain focus, and calm breath and mind, promoting relaxation, a healthy mind, and a new pathway to social belonging.

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8 week Term Course

Suit: Whole Year Level or Whole School Engagement (especially if you are a small school)

Duration: 30 – 45 min ‘group’ sessions, weekly over School Term


The Drum is a vehicle for personal transformation in this 8-week journey, where students will reconnect with self and community after a time of isolation and feeling unsure about the future.

While students learn to play in an African drumming ensemble, building dynamic sounds, and working together without words to create music, they will also be introduced to themes of teamwork, communication, respect, and community values, all of which Afrobeat masterfully weave throughout the course.

Optional add-on: The course may culminate in an interactive Show where the entire audience become performers rather than spectators!

FULL DAY / HALF Day Program

Suit: Whole Year Level or Whole School engagement (there is no cap of group size)

Duration: 30 min ‘group’ sessions on rotation (Up to 4 sessions for a half day and up to 8 sessions for a FULL Day)


An exciting and memorable introduction to African Drumming! These sessions are FUN, engaging, educational, inclusive, and entertaining, and allow for all abilities to experience success together. Afrobeat capture the imagination of its young audiences while inspiring cultural awareness, diversity, team spirit, and connection through African drumming. In this session students learn the art of working together without words, building dynamic sounds, and polyrhythmic compositions traditional to West African music in a non-stop, call & response format.


One-Off Workshop

Suit: Class Size Group

Duration: 45 min


An exciting and memorable introduction to African Drumming! In this session we will have everyone drumming to the beat of large African bass drums. With every beat, the enthusiasm and excitement build as participants begin to sense the power of their individual rhythmic contributions! Before they know it, they have become performers rather than workshop participants and the group dynamic and team spirit begin to emerge.