Students on Public Services courses at Bournville College had a chance to make some noise as part of their lesson, as they took part in an African Drumming and Chanting workshop.
Over 80 students took part in the initiative, designed to motivate and encourage team working. The project was managed by Jeanette Droar, Curriculum Manager, who said: ‘We are now half way through the year and often students’ motivation slips at this time, so we wanted to do something to encourage them and lift their spirits. The idea of African Drumming came about and we liked it because it’s completely different to anything the students have ever done before, so I thought they would enjoy it.’
The workshop lasted three hours and focused on creating different rhythms in simple interlocking parts that soon became musical. The students had a chance to compose their own beats and rhythms, working as a team and experiencing a feeling of unity.
‘The whole sound is powerful, resonant and much greater than the sum of the parts – a great team metaphor. The workshop also worked well to increase energy levels and motivation, as well as sharpen listening skills, concentration and focus.’ Jeanette added.
‘I’ve never done anything like this before, it was great fun! We were working together in small teams and as a whole group and I loved it, even though my hands are now hurting!’ Arron Cullen (pictured bottom left), a student on Public Service Extended Diploma course, said.
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