Primary School Incursions

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African Drumming in Schools

Having FUN is a powerful aspect of effective learning, developing social skills, confidence, and promoting creativity for children and young people alike.

Afrobeat captures the imagination of its audiences while inspiring cultural awareness, diversity, team spirit, and connection through African Drumming and Dance.

Specially tailored to suit Primary aged students, AFROBEAT’S inspiring school workshops and interactive shows are FUN, engaging, educational, inclusive and entertaining, and allow for ALL abilities to experience success!

Drumming together is simple, FUN, accessible and effective - Everyone can do it!

Students learn the art of working together without words, building dynamic sounds, and polyrhythmic compositions traditional to West African music. They will learn about the meanings and cultural contexts of the rhythms and how this translates to their own life story while imparting core community values and life metaphors that Afrobeat masterfully weave throughout. This is teaching without Teaching!

For quality Educational Workshops, Interactive School Shows, or Term Courses that can be tailored to suit your desired outcome, theme, social issue, and curriculum focus, or fortify your School’s core values – Afrobeat’s Interactive Drumming and Dance delivers unbeatable value!

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What others are saying...

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!

FULL DAY INTERACTIVE DRUMMING WORKSHOPS & SHOW – Ascot Vale Primary School, VIC

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!

INTERACTIVE DRUMMING FULL DAY WORKSHOPS & SHOW – Point Lonsdale Primary School, VIC 1

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…

INTERACTIVE DRUMMING FULL DAY WORKSHOPS & SHOW – Point Lonsdale Primary School, VIC 2

…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!

INTERACTIVE DRUMMING WORKSHOP – Sacred Heart School, Mona Vale NSW

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.

INTERACTIVE DRUMMING SHOW – Lalor Primary School, VIC

Brilliant! All the students and the teachers really enjoyed it. It’s great that the kids are involved in making the beat and doing the dances. Everything went really well and the kids absolutely loved it.

AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE SHOW – Kensington Primary School, VIC

Fantastic, energetic, and engaging for kids of all ages!

AFRICAN DRUMMERS – St Kevin’s School, VIC

We combined African drumming to engage the families in a celebration that was ‘hands on’, fun and colourful. Your enthusiasm and energy made our night very special. Our Afrobeat experience warmed our hearts and got our feet and hands moving together in a joyous celebration of cultures – THANK-YOU!

AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE SHOW – Oatlands Primary School, VIC

We have had extremely positive feedback from kids, teachers and our school community. The performers were awesome! An extremely positive experience from first contact to the performance.

HALF DAY INTERACTIVE DRUMMING WORKSHOPS – Moolap Primary School, VIC

Afrobeat provides a hands-on, energetic program that has students engaged from the moment the workshop commences. Its high energy, participatory nature provides a dynamic learning opportunity for students of all ages.

African Drum & Dance Show – St John’s Primary School

AMAZING!! EVERYONE LOVED IT! WORTH EVERY CENT! Afrobeat were beyond brilliant. Words can’t really describe how fantastic it was. THE ENERGY THAT AFROBEAT BROUGHT TO THE SCHOOL WAS INCREDIBLE, I FELT MOVED BY THE EXPERIENCE. 

What we offer

8 Week Term

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

Duration: 30 – 45 min ‘group’ sessions on rotation over the course of a FULL School Day, weekly over School Term

Description:

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 / HALF Day

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

Duration: 30 min ‘group’ sessions on rotation

Description:

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.

Optional format: FULL day of Workshops may culminate in an end of day whole-group interactive show

One-Off Workshop

Suit: Class Size Group

Duration: 45 min

Description:

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.

Interactive Show

Suit: Whole School or Whole Year Level engagement

Duration: 30 - 40 min

Description:

Afrobeat's unique Interactive Drumming Show delivers an unforgettable impact! To the delight and surprise of unsuspecting audiences, Afrobeat invite some members to take up a drum on stage with our team and join in the show, encouraging the entire audience to get in on the act through clapping, vocal call and responses, and dynamic dance moves!

With every beat, enthusiasm and excitement build as students begin to sense the power of their individual rhythmic contributions! Before they know it, the unsuspecting audience have become performers rather than spectators and the group dynamic and team spirit begin to emerge.

Teacher Training

Suit: Private 1 on 1 or Group Sessions

Duration: 60 min session / 6 Week Course

Format: Zoom Call or in-person

Description:

Tailored to your vision, group’s needs, curriculum focus, learning outcomes, social themes, and school values, Afrobeat Founder and Trainer ‘Janine’ will work closely with you to develop your teaching and drum facilitator confidence, with a tried & tested teaching method, and interactive drumming formula, relevant, age appropriate and pedagogical content ready to hit the ground drumming!

Staff Team Building

Suit: Professional & Personal Development, Team Building, Staff Well being, Leadership Training

Duration: 45 min

Description:

When we drum together, we work as a team one beat at a time. The experience of drumming together helps remove social barriers in a non-intimidating, and fun atmosphere. Your staff can relax, gain enthusiasm and the necessary confidence to fully participate in other ‘team’ activities.

You know from watching the kids, 'drumming together' is simple, fun, accessible, and effective! Drumming together inspires connection and celebration, provides participants with an instant sense of joy, accomplishment and gratification, boosts confidence, employee enthusiasm and positive morale.  It is a cutting-edge tool for team building, reconnecting with self & others in these disconnecting times, leadership training, and staff well being that will leave your group feeling relaxed, uplifted and inspired!

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 Children and Facilitator

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

4. Where necessary, our Facilitator will wear a mask

Afrobeat has an Official Covid Safe Plan. Please feel free to request this on booking.