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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 Information.

Suitable for: KS4

Ages: 14-16

Subjects: Citizenship, Music, Anthropology

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

Type: At Venue

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: From £2.41 per student (£72.50 per session, excluding VAT)

Dates: Ongoing

Max. Students: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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