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St Paul's C of E Primary School

Heathside Grove

LEARNING to make a difference

Autumn 2

The Kingdom of Benin


This half-term our focus is Music.


We have been learning:

  • To know how to evaluate pieces of music using the interrelated dimensions of music.
  • To listen to music from, and inspired by, Africa.
  • To know the correct posture and technique for playing a Djembe drum.
  • To know how to compose a rhythm based on Djembe music.
  • To know how to use basic musical notation to read and compose a rhythm.

Our African Drumming workshop.



We learned:

  • Where djembe drums come from and what they are made from.
  • The importance of music, singing and dancing in West Africa culture.
  • How to play a bass tone and open tone on the djembe drum.
  • How to play a call and response.
  • How to reply to the lead drummer.
  • How to sing an African chant and to follow the beat with a dance.
  • How to build texture into a performance.