Teach and Play African Drums by Mike Simpson


Teach and Play African Drums by Mike Simpson

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.


This series has been written by a genuine expert who has thorough knowledge of his subject and shares this with the reader in a lively, enthusiastic and passionate way. I have never found any books before that are so clear in explaining the fundamentals of these world-music genres, and doing so in a format based around practical, relevant and achievable tasks is even more remarkable. I can see these books becoming one of those series that every music teacher will have either read or heard about in years to come. Matt Allen, Head of Music, Chessington Community College, Kingston

-specialist), or to those who have been delivering these topics since the first stirrings of the National Curriculum, should make it an essential resource for every school. Helen Tierney, AST and Head of Music, Queen Elizabeth's Girls

-proof and enjoyable guides to a range of world-music styles for use in the classroom. The cross-curricular links and simple techniques for adapting common classroom instruments will be of particular value to those keen to teach world music. The short and easy-to-follow video clips make teaching and learning the music a straightforward process for the busy music teacher. Everything has been thought of in these resources. Angela Roy, Leader of Music and Creativity, St Alban's Church of England Primary and Nursery School, Holborn

About the Author

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.

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Mixed media product
Contains Book and DVD
48 pages
Running Time: 109 minutes


Mike Simpson
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Publication date

9th March 2012



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