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Bang Drum Studio
Drumming Workshops

 

All of the following drum workshops can be tailored and delivered to meet particular customer needs.

Depending on what you're looking for, they can be combined or adapted to provide a unique, fun, learning experience.

Drum Workshops can be from 3 hours to a full day to a whole weekend, or even spread over several weeks of evenings as an adlut learning/evening class.

Drum Workshops can also be tailored to particular age groups, for example the key stages of the National Curriculum, youth groups, parent and child groups, etc.

Most of the workshops can also be delivered as corporate entertainment or as fun team building days for staff incorporating aspects of personal development. They can also be adapted to a picnic or home setting as the perfect family celebration. If you're bored with ten pin bowling, paintball and gokarting, then why not try a drum workshop? You learn a lot more when you drum than drumming - co-operation, teamwork, respect, other's ideas, leadership, integration, diversity...

All instruments and amplification are provided. We predominantly use djembes, congas, cajons and various shakers/cowbells.

A 60% deposit must be paid a minimum of 4 weeks before the workshop date, of which 25% (15%) is refunded if the workshop is cancelled with in 2 weeks of the workshop date.

Our educational workshops for schools are designed to compliment key stages 1, 2 and 3 of the National Curriculum.

 

 

Drum Circle Workshops
 

A Drum Circle Workshop is possibly the best introduction to hand drumming for people with little or no previous musical experience. They are highly informal and fun, and designed to get everyone drumming within a matter of minutes. The main drum used in these workshops is the djembe, an African goblet shaped drum perfect for beginners. Combined with various shakers, claves, congas and other bits and pieces, you will be playing together as a group within minutes.

Drum Circle Workshops are taught orally, with nothing written down. It's all about participating and having fun, not endless hours of theory. Basically, if you can count to 4 and know your left hand from your right, you can be part of a drum circle!

 
Legal Stuff - Terms and Conditions
 
Because drumming is a physically demanding activity, you will be required to fill out a brief health questionnaire and disclaimer before the workshop. However, provided you have no serious injuries or medical conditions, you should be able to participate fully.

To book or to find out more, contact Nick.

Tel: 01536 398723 - Mob: 07986 008106.
E-mail: bangdrumstudio@yahoo.co.uk.

 

 

African Drum and Dance Workshops
 

An African Drum and Dance Workshop is the perfect introduction to both subjects. They are highly informal and fun, and designed to get everyone drumming and /or dancing within a matter of minutes.

Definitive up-tempo foot movement to sounds of African drums, combined with unusual but alluring hand patterns and clapping, is an exhilarating introduction to dance. As well as learning basic history of African dance, students stomp and shudder to rhythms that were traditionally used for story telling and ceremonies.

 
Drummers
 

The African drum was originally made as a form of communication. The drum beat in Africa is heard every day for celebration and fun and in some places it is still the main form of communication. The Djembe (an African goblet drum) is the most popular and sought after drum in the world.

In many African cultures, women are not permitted to play certain drums or rhythms - basically, the men drum and the women dance. However, there is no distinction between "drummers" and "dancers" here - women are encouraged to drum and men are encouraged to dance, provided we can peel them away from the drums!

You are free to pick up any instrument and join in, or, if the rhythm seduces you, to dance like nobody's watching!

Need a breather? Then feel free to sit and listen or play along on one of the many instruments available.

I will be on hand throughout to show you how each instrument is played and to teach you some simple yet effective rhythms. Once you've grasped the basics, you are free to play along.

 
Dancers

 

The African dance steps are handled by an experienced dance teacher with a wealth of knowledge on the various dances and their cultural significance. Following a mandatory warm up, she will teach you some of the moves, while I provide the grooves.

 
Group Practice

 

The group is usually then split into "drummers" and "dancers" - the drummers providing the music and the dancers learning to apply the moves to the music.

After a short practice together, you are then free to dance, to drum, to sit out and listen as the mood takes you.

We then play some recorded music to dance and play along to, to give you a better idea of the cultural aspects of the music and dance, and the sheer power and excitement of 20 or more drummers in an African village setting.

 
Legal Stuff - Terms and Conditions
 

Because both drumming and dance are physically demanding, you will be required to fill out a brief health questionnaire and disclaimer before the workshop. However, provided you have no serious injuries or medical conditions, you should be able to participate fully.

To book or to find out more, contact Nick.

Tel: 01536 398723 - Mob: 07986 008106.
E-mail: bangdrumstudio@yahoo.co.uk.

 

 

 
Latin Drum and Dance Workshops
 

Similar in structure to the African Drum and Dance Workshop, a Latin Drum and Dance Workshop is the perfect introduction to both subjects. They are highly informal and fun, and designed to get everyone drumming and /or dancing within a matter of minutes.

Drawing mainly on the music and dance of  Brazil and Cuba, latin Drum and dance workshops may include Salsa, Mambo, Rumba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Reggaeton, Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue and even some Capoeira.

Once again, you are free to drum or dance as the mood takes you. Women are encouraged to drum and men are encouraged to dance, provided we can peel them away from the drums!

You are free to pick up any instrument and join in, or, if the rhythm seduces you, to dance like nobody's watching!

Need a breather? Then feel free to sit and listen or play along on one of the many instruments available.

I will be on hand throughout to show you how each instrument is played and to teach you some simple yet effective rhythms. Once you've grasped the basics, you are free to play along. Instruments include congas, djembes, timbales, bongos, cajon, claves, shekere, cowbells, agogos snare drums or caixa, and various shakers.

The Latin dance steps are handled by an experienced dance teacher with a wealth of knowledge on the various dances and their cultural significance. Following a mandatory warm up, she will teach you some of the moves, while I provide the grooves.

The group is usually then split into "drummers" and "dancers" - the drummers providing the music and the dancers learning to apply the moves to the music.

After a short practice together, you are then free to dance, to drum, to sit out and listen as the mood takes you.

We then play some recorded music to dance and play along to, to give you a better idea of the cultural aspects of the music and dance.

I am hoping to rope in another friend of mine to assist with these workshops. Did Coles is an amazing young guitarist fluent in many Latin styles - watch this space!

Why not set your own sexy dress code for a Latin Workshop and dress the part? Mojitos? Spicy snacks? Use your imagination!

 
Legal Stuff - Terms and Conditions
 

Because both drumming and dance are physically demanding, you will be required to fill out a brief health questionnaire and disclaimer before the workshop. However, provided you have no serious injuries or medical conditions, you should be able to participate fully.

To book or to find out more, contact Nick.

Tel: 01536 398723 - Mob: 07986 008106.
E-mail: bangdrumstudio@yahoo.co.uk.

 

 

Make and Play Percussion Workshops
 

This unique workshop is designed for people with little or no previous knowledge of percussion instruments or their techniques.

Using found/recycled materials and basic hand and cordless tools, I will guide you through the making of various improvised percussion instruments. Once these have been inspected and agreed as safe, I will guide you through the techniques required to play them.

Learning  together in a group or "circle" setting, each person will rotate and try each instrument, experimenting with the sounds it can produce, before returning to the instrument they made.

We will then learn to play together in small and large groups (depending on numbers) with me on hand to guide you.

Make and Play percussion Workshops are taught orally, with nothing written down. It's all about participating and having fun, not endless hours of theory. Basically, if you can count to 4 and know your left hand from your right, you can Make and Play!

 
Legal Stuff - Terms and Conditions
 

Because drumming is physically demanding, you will be required to fill out a brief health questionnaire and disclaimer before the workshop. However, provided you have no serious injuries or medical conditions, you should be able to participate fully.

To book or to find out more, contact Nick.

Tel: 01536 398723 - Mob: 07986 008106.
E-mail: bangdrumstudio@yahoo.co.uk.

 

 

Room/Venue Requirements
 

Power supply

Hall/gym/dance studio

Room must have adult chairs/benches that can be arranged in a semi-circle.

 

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