Primary Diverse Drumming Workshops

Young Students Drumming

The Arts Unit - Diverse Drumming Program is an initiative that has evolved over many years and through many different styles of drumming. In 2017 the program will be focused on West African Drumming. 

These active and engaging workshops aim to educate students in West African drumming techniques using djembe drums and dunduns. Led by our experienced tutor Yacou Mbaye, these workshops develop rhythm patterns and culminate in a performance work that can be taken back to school and shared with the school community. Included in the day is a 5-hour workshop and all instruments are supplied.

Students and teachers attending this workshop can expect to learn about performing in an ensemble, keeping in time and following a leader, different percussion instruments with a focus on the Djembe Drum, correct techniques for endurance and great sound, learning various rhythms that form a performance piece, improvisation.

Performance Opportunity

Students who take part in a Diverse Drumming Workshop in 2017 may be invited to take part in other Arts Unit performance opportunities.


Please click here to apply for the 2017 workshops!

2017 Workshop Cost
$27.50 per student.(Incl. GST)
$27.50 for teachers attending without students. (Incl. GST)

TutorPicture of Drumming Tutor
Yacou was born in Dakar, Senegal and coming from a family of musicians, it is no wonder that from a tender age he exhibited a flair for music and dance. He has relocated to Australia a few years ago and performs in many diverse professional groups across the country. He specialises in the tama, dun duns and sabar. Yacou also has tutored African drumming and dance with community and school groups over many years. His energy for African music is contagious and inspiring.

For further information please contact either:

Catherine Gilholme, Arts Initiatives and Events Officer Ph: (02) 8512 1190

Arts Initiatives Support Officer Ph: (02) 85121170