Hit the Ground Drumming workshops aim to give children the best possible start in music, developing a foundation of skills and understanding to progress confidently when learning instruments and participating in ensemble playing.
Much importance is placed on movement, singing and internalising rhythm (drummers are, more often than not, fantastic dancers too). Music is taught from the inside out. Lessons are interactive, practical, carefully planned and of course, lots of fun.
We use Brazilian samba and folk styles as our principal musical backdrop to explore rhythm and movement... Why?
The culture of playing Brazilian music is often one of inclusivity. It is the privilege of all regardless of age, background or ability. It is about pride in the individual and the strength of the community.
Brazilian music fuses indigenous, African and European musical traditions which result in an exciting rhythmical whirlpool of styles, patterns and songs. Samba is just the start.
There is an immediate sense of excitement and fulfilment when playing Brazilian percussion that inspires confidence and can nurture a strong passion for all music-making.
Hit the Ground Drumming was set up in 2014 by percussionist and performer
'My fondest early memories are of playing the piano, making up dances to the snowman, learning the drum kit at primary school, the music room, playing with orchestras and big bands, experiencing the excitement of performing. Music is also a retreat, a place that I can go to rest, think and imagine. It makes me happy, it makes me remember, it helps me express myself. I feel very lucky to have learned the language and skills to play at an early age… this is the passion I hope to share with children, so they too can experience the pleasure that music can bring, throughout their lives.'
I stumbled across this quote the other day and realised, this is why I love teaching music...
'Art is such a relief to us because, actually, it’s the real world — it’s the reality that we understand on a deeper level… Life has an inside as well as an outside, and at the present, the outside of life is very well catered for, and the inside of life not at all… We can go back to books or pictures or music, film, theater, and we can find there both some release and some relief for our inner life, the place where we actually live, the place where we spend so much time.' Jeanette Winterson
Clients to Date
BangDrum Ltd, Beat Goes On, Central Greenwich Children's Centres, CM Sounds Community Music College, Coburg Primary school
Curumim, Dog Kennel Hill Primary school, LLC Pre-school, Margaret's Music Ltd, Nell Gwynn Nursery, Normaton Playgroup, Southwark Children's Centres, St Andrews Community Nursery, St Catherines Church, The Horniman, The Place, Torridon Primary School,
Umbela Arts, Slade Children's Centre