“It was amazing!”
“I loved how loud the drums were!”
“The people were really friendly and smiley”
“I loved playing the drums in different ways”
“The names that they used were really funny and helped me to remember the beat”
“I loved the call and response because I got to play the drums for the call part which was really fun”
“I loved playing the drums against my friends even though we didn’t win the competition”
“I loved every minute of it, it was so cool”
Our fantastic team of experienced teacher / facilitators are highly skilled and have led classes from early years to professional level around the UK and worldwide.
Half day or full day sessions can be tailored to complement a particular topic or message such as the rainforest or empathy. Activities range from junk percussion-making to competitive team drumming games!
We also offer CPD sessions to teachers and support staff, and have helped schools set up their very own drumming groups!
While most of our workshops are based around percussion, we also teach dance. In our after school clubs and long term projects, groups learn about Brazilian and African rhythm and movement, and combine their new skills to create a fantastic final performance! Through this shared experience, outcomes include teamwork, listening, laughter, empathy, solidarity and a wealth of achievement for everyone involved.
Katumba can also bring the carnival to your school or organisation! With an assortment of colourful and authentic costumes and props, we regularly collaborate with local arts practitioners to deliver a range of classes. From mask and head dress making to capoeira and football skills; we support you to enrich and enhance the delivery of your curriculum.
All our workshops include:
- Instruments and resources
- Drumming display by professional performers
- Experienced and insured CRB/DBS/PGCE facilitators
- Interactive presentation exploring Katumba’s history and Afro-Brazilian cultural context (can be delivered whole school)
- Cross-curricular links and musical learning to complement National Curriculum
- Spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of young people from all backgrounds and abilities
- Every child getting the opportunity to drum
- An energetic, multi-cultural and fun experience for everyone involved!
“The workshop was really well planned and engaging for the children. The friendly staff were very knowledgeable and provided a session that led perfectly into our music topic. Their passion and excitement in their job was evident throughout and really helped the children to become excited about the whole morning and Samba culture. We would definitely recommend a workshop or event with this company! Thanks Leigh, Juliana and Richie!”
Sarah Von Woerdekom, Teacher, Liscard Primary School, Wirral
“The children have loved the sessions and benefitted tremendously from them. They have complimented our music provision and allowed children to compose and perform music in an enjoyable and fun atmosphere. […] They have worked successfully with a wide range of children, including those with SEN and challenging behaviour. I highly recommend them.”
David Potter, Headteacher, Middlefield Primary School, Liverpool
“Well structured, fun and interactive session – excellent resource booked in from Katumba. The sessions developed from some simple beats to a split section band all working in harmony and producing a final performance that sounded great. Could really see the enthusiasm and sense of achievement […] ”
Nii Thompson, Provider Manager, NCS Trust (Everton In the Community)