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African Drumming – Primary – Scheme of Work

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  • Term Overview and ten individual lesson plans
  • Suitable for any beginner group, whatever the age range of the players
  • Overview includes Objectives, Content of each lesson, Keywords, Resources Required and Expected Outcomes
  • Lesson plans include Objectives, Outcomes, Warm-ups and/or Starters, Main Activities, Plenaries and Performance Opportunities
  • Refers to detailed support in Andy Gleadhill's African Drumming Book 1
  • Free PDF downloads


This African Drumming Primary Scheme of Work is subdivided into ten lessons, each with Objectives, Outcomes, Warm-ups and/or Starters, Main Activities, Plenaries and Performance Opportunities and is suitable for any beginner group, whatever the age range of the players.

The Scheme includes an Overview document which gives an ‘at a glance’ view of the Objectives and content of each lesson, a list of Keywords, the Resources Required and a generalised Expected Outcomes section.

A column on the right of each lesson page gives clear references to the Andy Gleadhill book which the Primary Scheme of Work is based upon, which will also assist you in preparation before the lesson. You will, of course, know your own students better than we will, so feel free to adapt the pace and flow of the lessons according to your own needs. Think of the Primary Scheme of Work as excellent starting points to get your musical classroom well on the way to engaging lessons that are fun and educational for all involved.

We recommend that you read through the content entirely before teaching so that you know the intended long term outcome of the lessons. This will allow you to adjust the content for your group effectively to ensure that learning remains high and interest is retained, even if it means reducing the content. At the heart of these lessons we are essentially aiming to give students performance skills and a musical and social awareness that will allow them to make more music in the future by performing with others in a group.

When teaching whole class ensemble playing, it’s important to have high quality instruments that are designed for the classroom, but it’s also vital to have the right teaching support: support that enables you to deliver authentic and engaging World Music lessons, which keep everyone involved and that everyone enjoys. Our teaching support gives you just that and is suitable both for class teachers who have no prior music experience, and for music specialists and includes “how to play” videos showing basic techniques, audio tracks demonstrating the examples and pieces covered, schemes of work and lesson plans and useful cultural and other background articles.

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The approach

The Drums for Schools collaborative learning approach is modelled on traditional approaches to teaching and learning world music styles, adapted to the realities of the western classroom by expert Andy Gleadhill.

In traditional cultures learning is based on following the leader and by repeated “doing”. There is generally no written notation but the music tends to be easy to remember and basic instrumental techniques are simple, and so there are no major barriers to learning. Learning takes place in groups, usually of mixed ability. The playing also has an important social function – for accompanying ceremonies or events – and it’s very much a cooperative effort.

Translated to the classroom this results in a teaching and learning approach which is:

Collaborative – the class or group is engaged in an activity in which everyone – teacher and pupils – work together and help one another to achieve a common goal: the performance of a piece of music.

Inclusive – the musical styles are “foreign” and there’s no notation – so they present a level playing field where less academically able pupils are not disadvantaged. And there are easy and more difficult parts in every piece and so players of every ability can be involved and stay engaged throughout – no-one gets left out.

Accessible – the instruments are all easy to play and most pupils will be able to make a good sound after just one lesson, and the whole class will be making an impressive sound together after just a couple of lessons. It’s possible to include all sorts of “disabilities” and we’re always ready to advise on particular cases – contact us.

And the net result of accessibility, inclusivity and collaboration is something quite spectacular – extraordinarily fast progress. Nothing succeeds like success and after just a few lessons most classes will develop a genuine “esprit de corps” and you really will be seeing and hearing performance-level playing within a terms worth of lessons.

But the benefits are not just musical – the collaborative approach and the intensive listening and cooperation involved also develop pupils (and teachers!) life skills and so you’ll see a wide range of improved social and personal skills and a general improvement in “team spirit” and togetherness.

What's included

One page SoW overview and one page individual lesson overviews as downloadable PDFs, referencing exercises and key sections of Andy Gleadhill’s African Drumming Book 1.


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