Secondary Schools & Youth

Ditch the devices & 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, African drumming together has the power to connect strangers, facilitate community engagement, and inspire change to the beat of the African 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.


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

African 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 drum 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.


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

What others are saying...

Meeting Opener – Cottage by the Sea, Queenscliff (PART 1)

Thanks so much it was a great way to start the day off before our meeting. From all accounts everyone enjoyed the session so thank you. A lot of fun and a great euphemism for our corporate journey and aspirations to be…

Meeting Opener – Cottage by the Sea, Queenscliff (PART 2)

…a harmonious workplace. This was a creative fun approach towards team building and unity. Great right / left brain activity, providing creative escapism.

Conference Participant – Sydney (PART 1)

We had Afrobeat attend the afternoon of our annual planning day. I was overjoyed to walk into the function room after a break, only to find the room set up in three rows of chairs, with a drum in front of each. My joy grew exponentially as I sank into…

Conference Participant – Sydney (PART 2)

…the meditation and excitement of drumming within the group; after 40 minutes of this I was hooked, and myself and a colleague signed up to Janine’s community classes.

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.

Sovereign Hill Music Festival – Managing Director of Mushroom Marketing 1

Energetic, Entertaining & Exciting! Afrobeat introduced members of the audience to the art of African Drumming by inviting them to participate in a group music ‘jam’. 60 or more children & parents participated in the event where traditional barrier between performer and audience was well and truly broken!…

Sovereign Hill Music Festival – Managing Director of Mushroom Marketing 2

The excellent communication skills of Afrobeat, particularly with young children, and their ability to involve all members of the audience made these workshops a highlight of the Festival. It was no surprise that the feedback from was fantastic and I would expect that this experience would live long in their memories.

INTERACTIVE DRUM & DANCE SHOW – Oatlands Primary School, VIC 1

It was an awesome show yesterday! Huge full school attendance and an epic high energy and engaging interactive performance! The students were welcomed with beautiful kora music and drumming. Later, several students were invited to the stage and guided through a drumming workshop…

INTERACTIVE DRUM & DANCE SHOW – Oatlands Primary School, VIC 2

…while the rest of the school clapped along, and everyone was in awe of the dancing and flips and somersaults that followed! High energy drumming and a phenomenal show! The teachers drum and dance inclusion towards the end was enjoyed by all, and the guys were real pros: such a powerful combo!

AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE SHOW – Bannockburn Primary School, VIC

A fantastic high energy performance. We were clapping and stamping our feet from start to finish. Kept 550 kids enthralled for the whole show!


The whole school loved the experience. The kids really enjoyed the smaller group experience where they all had access to a drum… Initially I was thinking the first small group activity would be too short however having seen the kids in action they were pooped after the 25 minutes. The staff loved the experience, Thank-you!


Afrobeat is not your average music program to visit a school. It offers so much more! Afrobeat brings the kids together in rhythm, makes it contagious enough for the teachers to want to play along, and invites the school community to come together in a way that is truly special. It’s clear to see Afrobeat…


…weaves the very best of this cultural drumming & offers it to Aussie school kids in a way that makes sense, excites them & lets them experience African culture and music in their classrooms. At its heart  is a driving rhythm that brings the school community together in magical way!

AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE SHOW – Bacchus Marsh Primary School, VIC

EXACTLY what I was looking for! The entire audience (Prep-Year 6, and teachers) was into the show. Entertaining and interactive. Fantastic!


Our facilitator was excellent the children thoroughly enjoyed their first session, as did I! Fantastic, enlivening, well pitched to children!

AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE SHOW – St Michael’s Primary School, VIC

Performance was great, high impact, very interactive and absolutely loved by all the children!

HARMONY DAY PERFORMANCE – Glen Huntley Primary School, VIC

Thank-you for a fantastic performance at the school’s Harmony Day celebrations. The students loved it and the teachers all agreed it was the best visiting performance we have had. Please pass on my thanks to the performers.

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 -  Welcome!
  • Building Resilience through rhythm
  • Re-engage disengaged students
  • Year 9 - Leadership Development to run Peer Led Program
  • Annual 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!

Incursion Options

Interactive Drumming Workshops

Suit: Whole Year Level or Whole School engagement

Group Size: Less than 100 pax

Duration: 30 min - 60 min


Single Session [up to 60 min] or

Multiple 'Group' Sessions on rotation [30 min each]


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.

Interactive Drumming Show

Suit: Whole Year Level engagement - (Year 7 'Welcome' and School Camps highly recommended)

Group Size: More than 100 pax

Duration: 30 - 40 min



Downsized Show - 20 Drums provided for 'some' audience members


Afrobeat's 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 or get out of their seats and join our team on stage.

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.

'Find Your Rhythm' - Wellness Course

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

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

Delivery: Term Course


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.

*Measurable outcomes

African Drum & Dance Show

Suit: Groups 100+, Whole year levels, or Whole school audience

Duration: 30 - 40 min


Get your passport and jump on board the African express!

Our dynamic drumming and dance ensemble brings together the powerful rhythms, sweet melodies and dynamic dance movements representative of the colourful and vibrant culture of West Africa. Dynamic, colourful, and audience interactive AFROBEAT'S African Drum and Dance Explosion is led by professional African Artists in costume. A highly captivating and unforgettable Show!

BEGINNERS African Drumming Course

Suit: Class group/s, Whole Year Level, Annual Program

Duration: 30 - 60 min sessions weekly over School Term

Delivery: Term Course


This Course focuses on learning multi-layered rhythms that require teamwork and may include some vocal fun, body percussion and traditional African dance movements too! Students learn the art of working together without words, building dynamic sounds and polyrhythmic compositions traditional to West Africa. Students will develop increased self-esteem, communication and listening skills, cultural awareness, respect, and tolerance of others' differences, and the ability to work together as a team to create music. They will learn about the meanings and cultural contexts of the rhythm and how this translates to their own life story.

Optional add-on: The course may culminate in an interactive performance where the entire audience become part of the experience!

Year 7 – Welcome!

Suit: Whole Year Level, Annual Program

Duration: 30 - 45 min Show

Delivery: One-off annual event


To welcome the incoming Year 7 students, we have a special Interactive Drumming Show that has become an annual tradition in many schools. This vibrant show provides an exciting introduction to the world of drumming and sets a positive tone for the academic year ahead.

It's an excellent way to connect students, foster a sense of belonging, build resilience and perseverance, and fortify the school's values while creating a warm and inclusive environment for all students.

Year 9 & 10 – Transition & Leadership Training

Suit: Whole Year Level in Class size groups

Duration: 45 - 60 min weekly over School Term

Delivery: Term Course


Afrobeat offer a unique Leadership Training program for Year 9 and 10 students. This training focuses on the art of drum circle facilitation, empowering students to lead their peers in regular ongoing interactive drumming events that benefits the greater school community. This initiative not only promotes teamwork and leadership skills but also encourages a sense of unity and camaraderie among students.

The Drum is a vehicle for personal transformation and community building in this percussive 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.

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, identity, cultural and social inclusion, 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 session


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.

Annual School Camp

Suit: Whole Year Level, Whole School, Annual Program

Duration: 30 - 45 min Show

Delivery: One-off annual event


Afrobeat's interactive drumming show has become an annual tradition for BIG groups on school camps!