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Drumming workshops are a noisy hit at Meethill

DRUMMING LESSONS:  Chief Chebe gives a quick lesson to Meethill School pupil Caitlin Shepherd.

DRUMMING LESSONS: Chief Chebe gives a quick lesson to Meethill School pupil Caitlin Shepherd.

PUPILS of Peterhead’s Meethill School enjoyed a day of special workshops on Wednesday.

The young students had a visit from Chief Chebe who undertook African drumming workshops with the entire school.

The workshops saw each pupil provided with their own djembe drum allowing them to progress from simple notes to more complex beats in just a short session.

Chief Chebe spent the whole day at Meethill, taking each class in turn to show them some African drumming techniques.

The workshops are designed to encourage creative learning as part of the Curriculum of Excellence.

They are also very informative about African culture and children are encouraged to ask questions.

The classes are also a fun way of getting children involved and learning about Africa and contributing to their understanding of global citizenship.

Chief Chebe said: “African drumming is fun, energising and inspirational to young people of different backgrounds and abilities.

“Playing the djembe drums improves co-ordination and motor skills and requires concentration and focus to learn the different drum beats.

“It also encourages creativity and self-expression.”

Commenting on the day, head teacher Elaine Philip said: “We have had visits from the African Drumming Workshop before and the children have always had a thoroughly enjoyable time. It’s been a great day and a wonderful experience for the pupils.”

Ms Philip added that the full-day workshop was funded by the school’s parent teacher association.

 

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