Cyclic patterns – West African Music
This unit explores the West African Djembe drumming tradition and looks at the cultural significance and place of West African drumming. The children listen to and watch a wide variety of authentic performances of West African music and dance. They learn some traditional Djembe pieces and exercises, create their own musical signals, compose a piece of cyclic music and improvise.
Note: you do not need Djembe drums in the classroom, but you will need a large number of un-tuned percussion instruments. Ideas for everyday objects to supplement your collection are included in the unit notes.
|Main Focus:||Rhythm and layering sound|
|Prior Learning Required:||Ability to repeat simple rhythmic patterns, with a sense of pulse|
|Age Range:||Key Stage 2 (Year 4 upwards)|
|Activities:||Rhythm games, instrumental percussion techniques, improvisation, ensemble rehearsal and performing, composition, appraisal|
|Resource Types:||Videos, animated audio backing tracks, multimedia presentations|
|Included in your licence?||Yes|
|Online / Download||Yes|
|Online pupil access||Yes|
|DVD Title||Curriculum Series KS2|