Practical, fun and accessible sessions, exploring African songs, rhythms and instruments to use in teaching Kindergarten, Primary & Secondary level students.
Expand your repertoire to engage your students with new and exciting games, exercises, and melodic content!
You will receive a digital Certificate of Completion.

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Rhythm games

Online (Zoom): Saturday September 14th 2024
10am-12pm (AEST): Games for Djembes
1pm-3pm (AEST): Games for Small Percussion

Games for Djembe
Explore fun and interactive games for the djembe that help develop auditory, visual, kinaesthetic, language and social skills. You’ll come away loaded with lots of great games and inspiring ideas that you can incorporate into your
drumming sessions.

Games for Small Percussion
There’s lots of fun to be had with shakers, bells and other small percussion! Explore a range of dynamic games that feature the use of a variety of different percussion instruments. These games are all about being creative with
resources, designing learning opportunities that are accessible to a range of students and incorporating a variety of instruments into rhythm-based learning.

Drumming for wellness

Online (Zoom): Saturday June 22th 2024
10am-12pm (AEST): Drumming for Social Connectivity
1pm-3pm (AEST): Drumming for Mindfulness

Online (Zoom): Saturday November 9th 2024
10am-12pm (AEDT): Drumming for Social Connectivity
1pm-3pm (AEDT): Drumming for Mindfulness

Drumming for Social Connectivity
Drumming is a powerful vehicle for encouraging skill development around a range of social skills. Through engaging in a range of drumming games and facilitation techniques we will investigate how the drum can be utilised to
teach valuable social skills such as cooperation and teamwork, effective communication, strong body language and positive interaction.

Drumming for Mindfulness
Drumming can be an incredible meditative tool, allowing participants to focus on the beats, the drum, or their hands, and truly experience themselves in the “here & now”, while promoting awareness of feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
Explore how rhythm can be utilised to facilitate the practice of mindfulness. Drumming is an excellent activity for relieving stress and focusing the mind. This session will include facilitation techniques and ideas for leading drumming sessions that calm and centre the mind.

Rates are per participant. Each Session is 2 hours long  (10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm).

One half day – Single session: $150 + gst
One full day – Two sessions: $260+ gst
Two full days – Four sessions: $490 + gst

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If you can’t make it to our group PD sessions, we offer on-demand PDs.

On Demand PD sessions – Online or in Melbourne

One participant: $150 + gst per hour / $275 + gst per 2 hours
Two participants: $270 + gst per hour / $470 + gst per 2 hours
Three participants: $370 + gst per hour / $640 + gst per 2 hours

These sessions will be run via ZOOM, a free and easy to use software.

Simply download ZOOM, create a free account, and start the test to check that your audio and video both work.

Desktop, laptop or ipad

Go to zoom.us on your device’s internet browser
On the top right of your screen there is a bright orange button that says “Sign up, it’s free!” Press this
Once you’ve created an account you can start using Zoom

Apple mobile device

Go into your app store on your phone and type in Zoom in the search bar
Look for the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app and install it.
Once downloaded, you can either create a new zoom account or login with your existing account.

Android mobile device

Go into your Google play on your phone and type in Zoom in the search bar
Look for the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app and install it.
Once downloaded, you can either create a new zoom account or login with your existing account.

Testing audio and video

Desktop, laptop or ipad

If you are having issues, you may need to update your webcam drivers. Once you’re logged in, follow these instructions to optimise your Audio for our sessions.
Click the Settings cog in the top right corner of the app’s home screen
Open the Audio tab and click the Advanced button at the bottom right. This will bring up three Audio Processing Options.
There are two background noise suppression options (persistent and intermittent), please disable both of them.
There is one other option: Echo Cancellation. This should be set to Audio.

 Mobile device

Before your online class, go into your Zoom app on your smart phone and click on the settings cog at the bottom right of the screen.
Click on Meetings.
Make sure your microphone is always turned on and your video is always turned on.

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Designed for both generalist and specialist teachers, our PD sessions will address the following from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

2.1 – Content and teaching strategies of the learning area.
3.3 – Use teaching strategies.
3.4 – Select and use resources
3.5 – Use effective classroom communication
4.1 – Support student participation
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Rates

Rates are per participant. Each Session is 2 hours long  (10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm).
One half day: Single session: $150 + gst
One full day: Two sessions: $260+ gst
Two full days: Four sessions: $490 + gst

How to Register

Fill out the form below, and we’ll send an invoice.

or BUY your TICKET directly here.

For enquiries email: [email protected]

Please select all the PD sessions above you would like to attend.
Please select all the PD sessions above you would like to attend.
Please select all the PD sessions above you would like to attend.

Your Teachers

teacher drum djembe class

Djulz

Djulz began studying and performing West African percussion in Melbourne several years ago. She has travelled West Africa extensively, studying with master drummers and musicians in Mali, Ghana and Burkina Faso. Based in Melbourne, Djulz continues to study and perform with some of Melbourne’s most renown artists in the field including Mady Keita, Bouba Gaye, Sayon Souare and Simon Fraser. Her great love of the djembe and of African culture exudes an infectious energy and creates a fun learning environment in her classes.

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Alastair Rae

Alastair is a lifelong disciple of rhythm, with a background in teaching, linguistics, and mathematics.
He is at the forefront of African Drumming’s community classes, performance groups, and school & corporate events.
Alastair believes in the cognitive and emotional benefits of drumming and has a passion for learning West African rhythms and sharing them with others through the connecting power of drumming.
He is a facilitator at our Teacher Training program.

For more resources, useful tools and rhythms,
check out our Teacher Video Hub