Learning about identity and cultural diversity can help young people to live and work together in diverse communities, both in this country and the wider world. It can also help them develop their identity and sense of belonging which are fundamental to personal well-being and the achievements of a flourishing and cohesive society.
“Just a personal thanks for the most successful celebration of pupil performance at New Greenhall [special school] supported by ‘The Samba Man’. The parents’ response was terrific and they were so proud to share these very special moments.”
Janet Collier – Deputy Headteacher – New Greenhall Special School.
To help support cultural diversity education in Wigan Schools, the Instrumental Teaching Service has developed two one day projects drawing on the traditional music of Brazil and Africa.
This exciting project has been running for over five years and remains as popular as ever. The project consists of one whole day visit to school. The organisation of the day is very flexible but will consist of two sessions (am/pm). A maximum of 35 students can be accommodated in each session. Parents can be invited to attend a playthrough/performance at the end of the day.
African Hand Drumming
This workshop aims to explore some of the powerful and intricate rhythms of West African drumming. The focus is mainly on hand drums (Djembes, Congas and Tubanos), but bass drums (Dun-Duns), bells and shakers are also used. As this involves a certain level of technique it provides a natural progression from previous workshops. As students become more confident, this will eventually lead to a performance that encapsulates the traditional ‘multi-layered’ sound and ‘feel’ of African drumming.
Both of these workshops are great fun but also help in building confidence, teamwork, listening skills, concentration and co-ordination as well as knowledge of world music and different cultures.