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In this hands-on workshop, students have the fantastic opportunity to play and familiarise themselves with the names, sounds and cultural context of a wide selection of traditional world instruments: from tabla and sitar to dunduns, balafon, zither and doumbek.

The workshop begins with a short talk about instruments from three main regions: North India, West Africa and the Middle East/Eastern Mediterranean. Discover how and when these instruments are used; how they create different elements of traditional music (including texture, structure and melody); and why they are so culturally significant.

Students will spend the rest of the workshop exploring and playing instruments from the three world regions in groups. There will be opportunity for students to perform in their groups at the end of the workshop and they may record their work for use in composition coursework or revision (unfortunately equipment cannot be provided for this).

This workshop (and instruments) can be tailored to suit your group’s needs.

Key info

Suitable for: KS4

Age Groups: 14-16

Subjects: Anthropology, Citizenship, Music

Topics: Africa, Human & Physical Geography, Music, Rhythm, Rhythms of the World, Study skills, Team Building, India, Instruments

Type: At Venue

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: £75 plus VAT for non-fee paying schools, and a higher rate for fee-paying schools

Dates: Ongoing

Max. Group Size: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

We regularly check that the costs and information are the latest and most up-to-date. However, please contact us directly if you need any further information or have a particular question. Unless specified otherwise, all prices include VAT.

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