Each piece in this book is broken down into clear and simple steps that show you how to build up the music gradually with your class. Combined with the accompanying DVD - which contains over 60 short clips of the author and a group of KS3 students demonstrating all of the instruments and patterns to each piece - teaching and learning world music has never been so easy or enjoyable. The pieces are supplemented with valuable background information about the music and culture, cross-curricular projects, composing ideas, advice on assessment and guidance on teaching whole-class world-music ensembles. The material has been designed primarily for use with KS2 and KS3 classes, but the addition of higher-ability parts for each piece means the book can be tailored easily to KS4 as well. It is not necessary to own authentic instruments to get the most out of this book as classroom alternatives are suggested and demonstrated.
Mike Simpson is the musical director of Inspire-works, who provide world-music workshops to around 40,000 students each academic year. They have also led INSET sessions for many music services, local authorities and national conferences.
Introduction About African Music A Few African Facts African Drums Classroom Replacements Playing Techniques and Notation Tuning and Maintenance Teaching Techniques Master Drummer Signals Kuku (Djembe drumming, West Africa) Ngoma (Muheme drumming, East Africa) Rajaz (Egyptian drumming, North Africa) Gankogui (Hand-and-stick drumming, West Africa) Shosholoza/Township Jive (Gumboot dancing/Mbaqanga music, South Africa) Cherie (Mbalax popular song, West Africa) Composing African Music