Event and Community Workshops 

Why a Music Workshop? 

Music Workshops are great ways to find out more about a different culture, to explore creativity, as a team building exercise or as an ice breaker at events. 
 
We work with you to create the perfect workshop for your event or community group.  
We deliver on the date of your choice, following your timetable and linking to themes of your choice. 

Record your workshop 

We know the value of having a record of your project, so we are happy for you to record the workshops / performance - audio, video or photograph. 

Run by experts 

All Music Workshop Company musicians are professional music facilitators or workshop leaders. Our musicians teach and perform at the highest levels as soloists, with their own ensembles, in recording sessions and with top orchestras. 
 
All have a wide experience of leading workshops and have Enhanced DBS (CRB) checks which can be supplied. 
Our Event and Community Group workshops are tailored to the needs of the client and the participants. We have standard workshops that are tailored to your needs or we love the challenge of creating new projects. Whether having a music workshop is a new experience for you or you have a strong history of music participation, we can create a project that fits your needs: from a general introduction to a specific brief. 

African Drumming 

Our African drumming workshop introduces participants to the instruments and rhythms of Africa through participation in a traditional drumming circle. 
 
We focus on the djembe, a West African drum made from wood with a goatskin head, and explore its three main sounds, bass, tone and slap. Chants and songs from West Africa can be learned alongside the drumming, to gain a deep sense of the music. 
 
The participants are introduced to the instruments, and experience the uplifting excitement of playing together in a drumming circle. This work leads to a performance that can be recorded. 
 
 
 

Latin American Percussion/Samba 

Our Samba workshop introduces participants to the instruments and rhythms of Samba through participation in a traditional Samba band. 
 
We focus on instruments such as the Tambourim and Surdo drums, ganza (shaker) , agogo bells and huiro (scraper). 
 
The workshop begins with a body percussion warm up. This is an accessible and fun way to engage children, and gets them working together to develop rhythm and beat. It also allows the workshop leader an opportunity to identify ability levels in the group. 
 
The participants are then introduced to the instruments, and experience the energising excitement of playing together in a Samba band. This work leads to a performance that can be recorded. 
 
 
 

World Percussion 

Our World Percussion Workshop introduces participants to rhythms and instruments from around the world, typically featuring African Drumming and Samba. 
 
We focus on instruments such as the African djembe drum, Brazilian claves, and shakers and scrapers used by cultures around the world. 
 
The workshop begins with a body percussion warm up. This is an accessible and fun way to engage children, and gets them working together to develop rhythm and beat. 
 
Participants then experiment with the sounds of the instruments before creating their own piece of music incorporating rhythms and other influences from around the world. This work leads to a performance that can be recorded.  
 
Mencap, Harpenden Gateway, World Percussion 
 
"Thank you so much for your wonderful music workshop at Gateway last week. Our members thoroughly enjoy your visits, as indeed the turnout that evening showed!" 
Natalie Chaston, Harpenden Gateway, May 2014 
 
 

Junk Percussion 

Our Junk Percussion Workshop introduces participants to the fun of making music using household objects and homemade instruments. 
 
The junk percussion workshop can take a number of formats. 
 
World Junk Percussion introduces students to percussion instruments from around the world before giving them a chance to explore music making with junk instruments such as pots and pans, bottle shakers and dustbins. 
 
Make Your Own Instruments gives students the chance to create their own instruments out of junk or recycled items such as old bottles, dustbins, paper and cans. 
 
In Household Junk, students make music from pots, pans and broom handles. Instruments can include anything and everything. 
 
Participants then experiment with the sounds of the junk percussion instruments to make their own piece of music which can be recorded. 
 
 
 
"Both musicians worked with the age range of chidren and adapted to each group. I have been more than satisfied - your frequent, friendly emails have kept me informed of all your requirements. A professional company providing enjoyable sessions in a friendly and enthusiastic way.@ 
Mrs A. Stone, West Mercia Brownie Takeover 

Middle Eastern Percussion 

Our Middle Eastern music workshop introduces students to the instruments and rhythms of the Middle East through participation an interactive session . 
 
We focus on instruments such as the darabuka or doumbec drum, riq (tambourine) and finger cymbals. 
 
The workshop begins with a body percussion warm up. This is an accessible and fun way to engage students and dispel inhibitions, and gets them working together to develop rhythm and ensemble. It also allows the workshop leader an opportunity to identify ability levels in the group. 
 
The participants are then introduced to the instruments, and experience the invigorating excitement of playing together in a percussion ensemble. This work leads to a performance that can be recorded. This workshop can be expanded to include singing. 
 
 

Cuban Percussion 

Our Cuban workshop introduces participants to the instruments and rhythms of Cuba through participation in a traditional Cuban band. 
 
We focus on instruments such as the Conga and Bongo drums, Claves and Cajón. 
 
The workshop begins with a body percussion warm up. This is an accessible and fun way to engage children, and gets them working together to develop rhythm and beat. It also allows the workshop leader an opportunity to identify ability levels in the group. 
 
The participants are then introduced to the instruments, and experience the energising excitement of playing together in a Cuban bans. This work leads to a performance that can be recorded. 
 
 

Composition 

Our Composition workshop introduces participants to creating their own music. Workshops are tailored to the needs of the client and can be based on particular theme (such as the Egyptians, the Stone Age, environment, recycling, healthy eating, a story or to fit a topic being studied) or a particular style of music such as pop, jazz, classical. Alternatively the composition can be a soundtrack for a play, a silent movie or an advert. 
 
The workshop leader supplies a range of percussion instruments for the participants to play, but if the participants play instruments such as violin, recorder, guitar – they can bring these instruments and incorporate them in their composition. 
 
The participants then create a story and a soundtrack leading to a performance which can be recorded.  
 
 
 

Songwriting 

Our song writing workshops introduces participants to writing lyrics and music for their own songs.  
 
The workshop leader will work with the participants, helping them create their own songs. The songs can be themed to fit with a particular topic or in a particular style. 
 
The workshop leader supplies a range of percussion instruments for the participants to play, but if the participants play instruments such as violin, recorder, guitar – they can bring these instruments and incorporate them in their songs. 
 
"The musicians were very flexible and able to deal with people of all ages and abilities - Excellent - very friendly and experienced." 
Michelle Meek, Royal Victoria Country Park, Southampton 

Singing 

Our singing workshops are tailored to your needs and can be themed the cover a particular topic.  
 
Workshops can be based on particular theme such as Music from Around the World, Music through Time or focus on a particular style such as jazz or musical theatre. 
 
Our singing workshops can cover a range of themes including Music from around the World, Pop songs, Jazz songs and musical theatre. 
 
We can provide workshops on songs from particular areas of the World or themes including the Caribbean, Black History Month and British Folk songs. We can also work with choirs to improve their performance through voice and musicianship training. 
 
 
 

Jazz 

Our jazz workshops introduce participants to jazz through listening, singing and composition. 
 
The workshop can explore the development and history of jazz or focus on a particular style such as swing or scat. 
 
After a warm up, the students are introduced to jazz leading to a performance which can be recorded. 
 
The workshop leader supplies a range of percussion instruments for the students to play, but if the students play instruments such as violin, recorder, guitar – they can bring these instruments and incorporate them in their composition. 
 
 

Black History Month 

Our Black History Month workshops are designed to explore the culture and history of the African people through the universal, recognisable medium of music. 
 
The African Songs and South African Songs workshops include newly sourced songs, many of which we have collected in the time honoured oral tradition by sharing material between our workshop leaders, each of whom has a huge and unique musical repertoire. 
 
Our West African Drumming workshop teaches djembe drumming in a traditional West African Drumming circle. 
 
In North African Percussion, students learn about the instruments and rhythms from North Africa, such as the Darabuka drum and the Riq, which is a traditional Arabic tambourine. 
 
Afro-American Songs explores the melodies and lyrics of the African musical tradition as it has developed in the USA, in which we include songs sung on the cotton fields of the deep South. 
 
The Blues workshop teaches students about the tradition of Blues music and gives them the chance to write their own songs. 
 

Historical Music 

Our Historical Music workshop introduces participants to music from History.  
 
Workshops can be based on period such as Medieval, Tudor, Victorian, on figures such as Robin Hood, Henry VIII, Shakespeare or a particular style of music such as pop, jazz, classical.  
 
Alternatively the workshop can be a travel through History introducing children to music from a range of periods. 
 
The workshop can include listening, singing and dancing. 
 
Tudor Music – our Tudor workshops introduce students to the music of Tudor England through singing, performance and dance 
Music of Shakespeare’s London – our Shakespeare themed workshop introduce students to the music of 16th and 17th Century London 
Baroque music – our Baroque workshop introduces students to Baroque music through performance and improvisation 
 
 
"Many thanks for Saturday night, both Chris and Maria were great and managed to get most people participating! It certainly broke the ice and everyone enjoyed it. Thanks again, it was exactly what I had imagined. " 
V Williams, Wedding workshop, Hertfordshire 

Play in a Day 

Our Play in a Day workshop incorporates drama, singing and percussion workshops leading to a performance at the end of the day. Themes for Play in a Day for primary schools include “The Magic Carpet Ride” and “Christmas around the World”. The workshop content is tailored to the needs of the school. 
 
This workshop is great for Brownies, Cubs and Holiday Clubs. 
 
 
 

Ceilidh 

Our Ceilidh workshops introduce students to the music and dances of the British Isles. 
 
Our Ceilidh group perform and “call” (give dance instructions) for a range of traditional dances from around the British Isles. 
 
The workshops can focus on one particular country or can include a mix of styles. 
 
 
 

Classical Ensembles & Soloists 

Our ensemble and soloist workshops introduce students to string quartets, woodwind trios, wind quintets, brass quintets, percussion quartet, classical guitar, piano and flute and guitar duo. 
 
These workshops use an interactive lecture recital format to introduce participants to instruments and genres. 
 
 
 

Indian 

Our Indian Music workshops are suitable for secondary schools and introduce students to the raga and rhythms of India. 
 
The workshop leader works with the students, demonstrating raga (scales) and tala (rhythmic patterns). The students create their own piece based on these scales and rhythms. 

Contact us 

We create musical workshops for all ages, abilities and occasions. To book or if you have any questions, feel free to email us using the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 
 
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