Year 6 African Drumming

10th December 2018
Year 6 African Drumming
 

This term, children in Year 6 have taken part in weekly Music sessions led by Inspire-Works. The focus of their learning has been how to play the djembe drum. This drum originates from West Africa, in particular Senegal, The Gambia and Mali. During their weekly sessions, Year 6 learnt how to play a range of notes on the djembe including the bass, tone and slap. When playing these notes, the children thought carefully about the difference between the sounds and how to use their hands to produce the sounds effectively. As part of their learning, the children learnt a range of different rhythms, which when played together, made a vibrant, powerful piece of music. Year 6 also learnt how to improvise and compose their own rhythms of 4 and 8 beats, using an array of notes on the djembe. At the end of term, Year 6 welcomed their parents and carers into school to perform and showcase their wonderful learning, a performance thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.