African Drumming – An Extended Introduction (full)
Age 5 - 18+
- Basics and further reading for both teachers and non-music specialists
- History and cultural background
- The instruments and playing techniques
- Warm-up exercises
- Call and response
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Some teachers may wish to dig a little deeper in order to feel fully confident or may wish to read around the subject and choose key areas to develop further in their lessons, but not be entirely sure what information should be classed as relevant. This Extended Introduction is for them!
Richard McKerron has written a series of introductory articles (downloads available below) which utilise information from Andy Gleadhill’s books as well as information from further afield. These provide enough information to answer the trickier questions that may be put to you in a lesson and a strong starting point for further reading.
These can be taken in isolation, but are presented here in their collected form as originally intended if you are after a full overview.
- What Is Special About West African Drumming And Why Should You Do It?
- How Could You Introduce West African Drumming To Your School?
- Benefits of African Drumming
- History and Cultural Background
- The Instruments
- How the Instruments are Made
- General Technique
- Master Drummer
- Grid Notation
- Warm-up Exercises
- Call and Response
A series of videos has also been uploaded in support of the article, designed to help you develop the basics with confidence, and these are shown below also embedded in the PDF documents.
You may also be interested in our Downloadable Schemes of Work and one-page lesson plans which benefit from these supporting documents, and are also based upon the information and techniques found within Andy Gleadhill’s Teaching Guides.
An extended introduction document that contains background cultural and historical information, as well as a short beginner’s guide to basic techniques involved.
You can download our Extended Introduction using the first link below:
African Drumming An Extended Introduction
The remaining links contain the same information, divided into chapters:
African Drumming Article Cover
African Drumming Article 001 Gen Intro
African Drumming Article 002 Hist Cult
African Drumming Article 003 Instr
African Drumming Article 004 Gen Tech
African Drumming Article 006 Warm Up
African Drumming Article 007 Call Resp
African Drumming Article 008 Soloing
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