Did you know if you’ve got a heartbeat, you’ve got rhythm? Beat Your Drum brings together great rhythm makers from Ireland and around the world to lead short, fun, online workshops so you too can become a drummer. Kicking off on May 4th, every Monday, there will be a new workshop to try, exploring a new type of drumming. You don’t even need your own drum and we’ll be showing you how to make brilliant rhythm from things you can find in your kitchen!
Pick a workshop (all less than 15 minutes long), film yourself playing with our tutor at the end and send us your video to be part of our epic drumming film which will be broadcast around the world on June 12th as part of Cruinniú na nÓg – the world’s only national day of creativity for children and young people.
Pick and mix between Irish, African, Indian, Brazilian, Native American and body percussion or go global and have a go at all the workshops, then post your responses.
You can do the workshops alone, with friends, parents, sisters and brothers or even with your class or school band. Whether you’re practising with your school band or at home with buckets and bins, there is a way for everyone to take part – in one of the workshops, all you need is your voice!
Just remember; if you can walk you can dance if you can talk you can sing and if you’ve got a heartbeat… you’ve got rhythm!
Beat your Drum West African Percussion (Djembe and Dundun) with Nasira and Monette.
West African djembe drum: Take this 15-minute intro to the West African djembe drum and learn how to make the three fundamental sounds of the djembe and play the traditional Mandinka rhythm Moribayassa. If you’re ready for more, you can learn to play the dunduns too and play together with your friends!
Recommended age group: 7 Years +
About the teacher: Nasira Marino Keita is a 14-year-old multi-instrumentalist, living in San Diego, USA. Her mother is percussionist Monette Marino Keita and her father, Mamady Keita from Guinea is one of the most famous djembe players in the world.
Saturday May 22nd 6.30pm: Live Zoom Class: West African Djembe and Dundun with Nasira and Monette
If you have taken Nasira’s djembe or dundun workshop as part of Beat Your Drum, now is a chance to try it out live with Nasira and ask her all your questions. For further information and registration please click HERE
From Monday May 17th: Beat your Drum Indian Vocal Drumming with Koushik
Indian Vocal Drumming with Koushik: In India, before you learn to drum with your hands you must first learn to drum with your voice! Koushik will show you in 12 minutes how to play the Indian rhythm Adi Taalam with your voice. Record yourself speaking the rhythm along with Koushik, upload you clip below and become part of the Beat Your Drum film on June 12th.
Recommended age group: 6 Years +
About the teacher: Koushik Chandra Shekar is a classical Indian percussionist, from Southern India, specialising in a Southern Indian drum called the mridangam. Based in Dublin, he is best known for his work with the fusion band Jiggy.
Please note this video will premiere on Monday 17th May
From Monday May 24th: Brazilian Samba Reggae with Diego and Rafael
Brazilian Samba Reggae with Diego and Rafael: Brazilian Samba Reggae Samba music is the heartbeat of Brazil and Samba Reggae is the most accessible Samba, created so that everyone can join in. Dublin-based Brazilian teenagers, Diego and Rafael will guide you through all the essentials in 15 minutes. You don’t even need your own drums. Play along at the end and upload your video to be part of our epic Beat Your Drum film on June 12th
Please note this video will premiere on Monday 24th May
Beat your Drum Beginners’ Bodhrán Workshop with Matthew Hurrell O’Connor
Beginner Bodhrán: Learn to play the bodhrán, the traditional Irish drum in 10 minutes with Mattie, then play along with him and upload your video to be part of our special Beat Your Drum film on June 12th. You don’t need to have your own drum!
Recommended age group: 5 Years +
About the teacher: Mattie Hurrell-O’Connor is a 17-year-old multi-instrumentalist, composer and bodhrán maker from Dublin. He is also a Cruinniú na nÓg Ambassador.
Beat your Drum Advanced Bodhrán Workshop with Matthew Hurrell O’Connor
Advanced Bodhrán: Already know how to play the bodhrán? Here’s a real challenge for you. See if you can keep up with Mattie and upload your video to share! You will need to be an experienced player!
Recommended age group: 9 Years +
About the teacher: Mattie Hurrell-O Connor is a 17-year-old multi-instrumentalist, composer and bodhrán maker from Dublin. Mattie is also a Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 Ambassador.