Samba Drumming Workshop

A Workshop.

How, Aims, Objective.

Samba Drumming / Percussion Workshops.

When partaking in a rhythm workshop, in order to remember the many different grooves, Kieran uses a technique where by people learn short little rhymes which can then be transferred into rhythms.

“Kada, Ka Boom, Kada, Ka Boo Boo Boom.”

This is often a participant’s very first introduction to music making. It may sound a little strange but the end result is that very soon Kieran will have the whole group partaking in a collective music making experience. The added advantage is that the groups very quickly become relaxed and are easily able to  enjoy the next phase of the workshop. It has been proven that if you are in a relaxed atmosphere, this creates an excellent environment for learning.

Below are some aims and objectives of a Samba Drumming / Percussion Workshops


To introduce hands on music making.

To enhance Personal Development.
To enhance Group Development.
To explore new ways of learning whilst learning new skills.
To part take in a community music making event.
Local performance,
Festival presentation,
Festival Parade,
To breakdown barriers of creed and culture.
To exchange different and new ideas.
To develop communication skills.
To present the organisation in a modern and positive light.


Run a stand alone or a serious of one and a half to two hour workshop consisting of warm ups, rhythm exercises, clapping rhythms, body rhythms and learning a completed composition on the Brazilian samba drums.

Becoming part of a common learning experience in community music / samba percussion.

Creating a relaxed environment where people can feel comfortable in expressing themselves.

To gain the feeling of achievement in a group context on completion of the musical session.

It has been my experience to run projects with a certain openness, both in what the group may require along the way and what new ideas may arise from the sessions. Different elements can be changed to suit requirements but the basic structure will look the same.

  What Happens.

Each session starts off with a brief history of samba music its Afro/Brazilian origins and where it can be found today.  We then go on use some warm up exercises to get a little rhythm in everyone.  This is followed with us all learning a or selection of rhythms.  I introduce everyone to the family of Samba instruments, their names and how they are played. They are all handed out and by the end of the session the participants themselves are playing a rhythm on the samba drums.

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