This workshop is intended for children of primary school age.
For the post-primary / youth project version, please click HERE.
Team-taught to two facilitators, Drumming Around the World combines dynamic live demonstrations with a variety of fun and fascinating activities, offering participants an enjoyable and positive introduction to music and rhythm in a multicultural context, as well as ‘hands-on’ experience with a wide range of percussion instruments. The instruments used and introduced in this workshop can include bodhráns, congas, bongos, djembes, tambourines, cymbals, agogos, cowbells, triangles, woodblocks, claves, shakers and sleighbells.
Come and join us on this multicultural musical adventure, exploring drums, drumming and rhythms from around the world! We’ll make a whistle stop tour of the globe, starting here with Ireland’s very own bodhrán, the heartbeat of Irish traditional music, and will go on to explore rhythms and percussion instruments from such diverse cultures as West Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the USA, Japan and China. So bring your ears, eyes and lots of energy – and we’ll see what fascinating experiences lie ahead!
Teachers, who are asked to participate, will be provided afterwards with suggested follow-up activities for classroom use.
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Comments from Teachers
'Educational, informative and great fun! Held the children's interest throughout – a huge achievement!!'
– D. O'Reilly, Scoil Thomáis, Castleknock
'A variety of instruments were named, shown and played in an interesting and instructive manner, with humour and enthusiasm, and with full, controlled participation of the pupils.'
– S. Breheny, Bishop Galvin National School, Templeogue
'Created an interest in percussion and taught a lot to the pupils about percussion and Latin music – thank you very much!'
– L. Bertram, St. Andrew's National School, Bray
'The two leaders of the workshop were excellent with the children. The children had a fantastic time but were kept under control at all times. All the pupils got a turn to play an instrument.'
– E. Deery, Sacred Heart B.N.S, Ballygall, Dublin 11
'Comments from the children afterwards included – Cool! Deadly! Brill!'
– G. Nolan, Kilmacanogue National School
'The students got a lot out of it, and the facilitators did a wonderful job.'
– F. Maxwell, Moyne Community School
Has your school or organisation taken this workshop? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Thank you.
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Workshop Options & Fees *
4 X 1-HOUR WORKSHOPS
- Overall length 4 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
- Participants Up to 35 per workshop (140 in total)
- Fee €580 (additional fees apply to workshops outside the Dublin area)
- Discounted fee €527 (DEIS schools & registered charities)
- Approx. fee per student (35 per workshop) €4.14 | €3.76 (DEIS schools & charities)
3 X 1-HOUR WORKSHOPS
- Overall length 3 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
- Participants Up to 35 per workshop (105 in total)
- Fee €480 (additional fees apply to workshops outside the Dublin area)
- Discounted fee €437 (DEIS schools & registered charities)
- Approx. fee per student (35 per workshop) €4.57 | €4.16 (DEIS schools & charities)
2 X 1-HOUR WORKSHOPS
- Overall length 2 hours
- Participants Up to 35 per workshop (70 in total)
- Fee €380 (additional fees apply to workshops outside the Dublin area)
- Discounted fee €347 (DEIS schools & registered charities)
- Approx. fee per student (35 per workshop) €5.43 | €4.96 (DEIS schools & charities)
* Because Drumming Around the World workshops require a large amount of percussion equipment, the workshop fees include an additional €50 charge for equipment transport.
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- Day/Date By arrangement
- Facilities needed Large classroom or hall, CD player, whiteboard/markers or blackboard/chalk
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Solomon Ijigade learned his drumming and singing from relations and family friends when growing up in Nigeria. Since he moved to Ireland in 2000, he has been performing with the award-winning African musical group Adun Oyin. With them he has also given workshops and performances to schools, colleges and community groups around Dublin. In 2003, Solomon played St. Patrick in ‘Mixing It on the Mountain’ – a musical co-produced by Calypso and Tower of Babel – at the Samuel Beckett Centre. He also played a leading role in ‘The Gods Are Not to Blame’, an Arambe/Project co-production at the Project Theatre as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Solomon is a soloist with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and has performed on RTÉ radio on ‘Rattlebag’ and ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’ as well as on RTÉ Television, on the ‘Late Late Show’, ‘Mono’ and ‘Would You Believe?’. He is also co-facilitator of the New School's Sounds African workshop and teaches African Music & Dance in our In-School Music Programme.
A former student at the New School, Ian McTigue has worked as a professional musician and teacher, specializing in bodhrán, drum kit and percussion, for over fourteen years. He has shared a stage and recorded for television and radio with artists as diverse as Carlos Nuñez, Donal Lunny, Mairtín O’Connor, Michael McGoldrick and Camille O’Sullivan. For six years he toured the United States, Canada and Mexico with Riverdance, as percussionist and bodhrán soloist. Ian is also co-facilitator of the New School's Sounds Irish workshop, teaches bodhrán and drum kit at the New School and bodhrán in our In-School Music Programme.
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Booking & Enquiries
If you are interested in this workshop, please download and complete an Outreach Programme Booking & Enquiry Form (pdf format) and we will get in touch.
Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.
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