School Incursions- Drum & Dance Workshops

School incursions for children to encourage well-being, music, play, physical exercise, multicultural celebrations and the appreciation of diversity through African music and culture.

Students need active and engaging play. Too often we forget the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of simple play. Overall children just want to have fun. A happy child is where a good life begins for communities, schools, families and friends. The pure joy of a child is what makes the world go round.
A happy child, feels confident, brave, strong and sensitive.

African drumming is fun! So come and play!


“Thank you for taking our whole college on a stimulating and enriching adventure through the 2 day drumming workshop. It was one of those challenging and fun events that revitalized us as individuals and as a community, leaving many of us hungry for more! It was amazing to later hear students heading off to Maths and English classes singing West African songs as they went! Thank you again Nat and Bec!” Simon Cooper

College Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran College

“I would like to thank Nathaniel and Bec for a wonderful day of positive energy and amazing skill. They are an extraordinarily talented team and brought so much to our college in just one short day.

From the staff session in the morning – what a brilliant way to start a day – to the final Masterclass with selected Secondary students, they were engaging and fully present in all that they did.

We invited Rhythm Culture into the school to support our teen chaplaincy program as we could see how the drumming might not only appeal to our students and give them a focus for their energy, but provide them with the opportunity to be apart of something bigger than themselves. The team definitely delivered!

We are hopeful that the skills learnt on the day will continue to develop and grow with the support of our chaplain in lunchtime drumming sessions and that in the future we might get Rhythm Culture back to help us with the creation of drums and a regular drumming mentorship.”

Once again, a huge thank you! Felicity Bezer

Differentiation Support Coordinator, Noosa Christian College

What else will students learn in our school incursions?

  • Call and response drumming patterns.
  • A traditional West African rhythm.
  • Coordination exercises using the left and right side of the body.
  • Appreciation of African culture and the significance of rhythms.
  • Dynamic and engaging exercises.
  • Individual expression through solo activities.
  • Physical and mental release through this ancient artform.
  • Integration and synchronisation through ensemble skills.
  • Spatial awareness.
  • Unity with fellow students.
  • Self control.
  • Active listening


African Drumming Incursions – Every Child Has A Real African Drum To Play!

Drumming is communication. It is a dialogue, just like speaking. Rhythms are spoken, sung and sounded out.  Drumming is a fantastic opportunity to reap the benefits of rhythm and music. Students find African Drumming accessible and they participate with ease and curiosity. Solo skills help children gain confidence in what they are trying to express to the world. Drumming in itself is a form of communication.  Unspoken words can be delivered through the hands on a drum. It is an effect activity to help communication and self expression.

In Africa, communities, villages and families work together.  Drumming is best in a group, particularly in a circle. In Africa there is a strong emphasis on communities, villages, families and friends. Working together builds social skills and problem solving techniques.

Explore sound, tempo and rhythm. Where do you hear the 1 and the 4? Can you clap off the beat whilst stepping your feet? Let’s do double time! Add one more slap! Go faster, play quieter!  Change rhythms! Can you hold the beat whilst watching the other group?!

Enhance your curriculum or extra curricular activities with our school programs that align with initiatives such as The National Quality Standard Professional Learning Program and The Australian Government, National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia.

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Dancing is an art form created by bodily motion through space.
It is pure joy within the moment. When you dance you are not focused on the outcome or the finish line, you are present. Dancing is therapeutic. Dancing is mindfulness. Dancing encourages physical exercise for mental well-being, releases social pressure and decreases stress.



  • Keeping active strengthens confidence & improves self esteem.
  • Individual expression in a facilitated group session. 
  • Dancers learn to hold personal space within a moving group.
  • Spatial awareness with movement alongside fellow students.
  • Encourages awareness of ones own body & place in space.


  • To connect with others through movement & rhythm.
  • Expand the body’s movement.
  • Coordination
  • Self-confidence
  • Mindfulness through dance.
  • Appreciation of different cultural practices through music & dance.

African dance, where knees are bent, hips are rolling and arms are moving circular. The dancer leaps, skips, hops and jumps from an energy pulsating from within the drum.

Students will love the joy of West African Dance. Fun choreography with upbeat and earthy moves.  Every dance has an ancient story or purpose and the connection between the drum and the dancing feet is established with students learning about breaks and calls to each rhythm. There is no limit to how much fun we have when we are dancing!

Go low, move fast, leap, jump, step, hear the call, dance a break, left right, up, down, to the side and don’t forget to smile!


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