Every child in Key Stage 2 is given a term of djembe drumming lessons during their time in Year 4. In groups of 16, children learn about the origins of the djembe drum, the different sounds it can make and how to play a variety of rhythms. They also use their concentration and listening skills to play in a ‘call and response’ style where the leader plays a rhythm which they play back. They are required to listen for a queue rhythm to signal the end of a section. Children are also given the opportunity to be creative and perform a solo bar whilst the others clap the beat.
After their term of djembe lessons, the children give a performance to the rest of the Key Stage and their parents. This is always so much fun and they even include some African dancing and vocal sounds. It is safe to say this concert is a highlight of every term!