Schools

Treat your students to a fun educational and cultural experience

“I have been taking Year 5 and 6 students to Ray’s African Drumming classes for a decade. I love the program. 

African Drumming adds a whole new aspect to a school’s curriculum that combines cultural diversity and the theory and practice of music seamlessly into the creation of great performances. 

Ray is a master of his craft who has high expectations of all students and knows how to motivate and draw out the inner musician in every individual. Drumming can be the success story for students who find academic learning challenging. 

African Drumming has become an integral part of our school’s identity, culture and celebrations.”

Andrew Gray
Teacher at Footscray Primary

Ray runs a children's African Drumming class

Let Ray and his team introduce your students to the exciting world of African Drumming.

Ray and his team of experienced teachers and performers can provide you and your students with a one off drumming or dance workshop, an artist in residence program or regular weekly drumming classes for just one term or the whole year.

Talk to Ray and he will tailor a program to suit your requirements.

Ray and his team are experienced teachers who are able to get your students actively involved in their programs, keep them engaged and produce amazing performance outcomes.

Why African Drumming For Children?

Most children love the drums and are instantly attracted to playing them.

Children of all ages

The repertoire is designed for children of all ages and any level of musical experience. Children will be encouraged to value the quality, not ‘quantity’, of music they play.

Supportive

Children learn that the rhythm cannot be executed successfully and musically unless they listen carefully, and are supportive of each other.

Joyous and satisfying

The music children will learn has been around for centuries and is joyous and satisfying. Children get a real kick out of playing challenging rhythms that they can move and sing to.

West African rhythm

Folkloric African traditions have influenced music right around the world – from Latin and Afro-Caribbean, to Jazz, Rock and Pop. We will be going back to the source of many styles of music – primarily to traditional West African rhythm, dance and song.

Play harmoniously

A typical African rhythm is composed of several different parts played on the different instruments. All these parts are played together and the children will learn to listen to each other and play harmoniously together.

Aural skills

These sessions with Ray and his team will improve your childrens’ understanding of rhythm, enhance coordination and aural skills, and develop their sense of time.

Many instruments

African rhythms can be played on many instruments. We use a variety of hand drums from the West African Region. The children are introduced to Djembe drums played with the hands, African Bass Drums called Dun Duns played with sticks and other percussion instruments like Cow Bells, Shakers and Tambourines.

Sessions in Melbourne

Ray and his team have run hundreds of school workshops and drumming sessions in Melbourne and Interstate over many years. Ray currently runs regular weekly drumming programs at Footscray Primary School, Kororoit Creek Primary, Derrimut Primary and Dandenong Primary in addition to one off sessions and incursions at schools around Melbourne.