The SAM will undertake teacher workshops and related activities formerly delivered by Amu’s Cultural Art Services. Amu worked extensively with teachers around UK and further afield, introducing them to the concept of using African drumming circles with groups in the classroom. School workshops could therefore be developed for Arts Weeks or events that look at music from other cultures and tie into festivals, such as Black History Month.
In terms of benefits, it is suggested that drumming can lead to greater cognitive functioning. Stanford University researched the effects of 20 minutes of rhythmic music with middle-school boys struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The results led to a boost in IQ scores and improved concentration. Howard Russell, a clinical psychologist involved in the study, said, “For most of us, the brain is locked into a particular level of functioning. If we ultimately speed up or slow down the brainwave activity, then it becomes much easier for the brain to shift its speed as needed.” Although further research is needed for conclusive evidence, studies to date are encouraging.
Workshops can be tailored to suit the needs of individuals and groups. If you would like to find out more about the SAM Workshops for Teachers please e-mail us at – firstname.lastname@example.org