Category Archives: Djembe

Issue 77: A week of djembe classes

I spend a large proportion of the week as a primary school Wider Opportunities music teacher. The instruments I teach vary from year to year. At the moment I am teaching 6 different djembe classes, in different schools. (I also teach 4 different … Continue reading

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Issue 74: A Djembe Rhythm in triple time – The Volcano

I have been experimenting with teaching this djembe piece. I called it “Triple Whizz” because I needed a catchy title in a hurry, but one class is using it to link in with their Volcano topic – and I think … Continue reading

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Issue 68: Making a Djembe

I tripped across this Youtube video a while back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVPLIuBy9CY  called ‘RHYTHM “FOLI” THERE IS NO MOVEMENT WITHOUT RHYTHM’ by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg It shows how the everyday rhythms of life in a village can form the basis of … Continue reading

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Issue 54: Gum Boot Dancing

I had never heard of Gum Boot Dancing, but it is for real! Here is a picture from the wikipedia entry: and I quote (from wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumboot_dance “Gumboot dancing was conceived by black miners in South Africa as an alternative … Continue reading

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Issue 50: Planning Ahead

I’ve spent a lot of time this week working through all I have learned from teaching Wider Opportunities classes in Djembe and Samba in order to create a complete set of plans for the year ahead. Whether or not I manage to … Continue reading

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Issue 44: The Shepherd, the Sheep and the Wolves (year 3)

“They’re a bit unsettled today” said the class teacher at lunch time. I recognised the concealed meaning in the careful phrasing. Too much wet play, too many windy days. The classroom was – shall we say “a hive of activity”? … Continue reading

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Issue 42: Olympic Activity; Synchronised Swimming

This is a bit of a golden oldie, but none the worse for that. Working in pairs, the children mirror each other’s movements; child 1 is the leader, and child 2 is the “mirror”. So, whatever child 1 does, child … Continue reading

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Issue 35: Djembe Rhythms “Why are we waiting?” “Don’t Know”

What happens when you keep a music teacher waiting for their lunch? A djembe rhythm, of course. We all went out for a family reunion to a really nice pub (details available on request), but unfortunately we arrived at the … Continue reading

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