African Drumming at Passport to Music Summer Camp!

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Do you know a young man who loves to move with the beat? If so, Passport to Music was designed with him in mind!

When we think of African music, we think of drums. That’s because African music relies on two of the oldest instruments – the voice and the drum. At Passport to Music, boys will learn more about both. They will get to experience traditional percussion instruments such as the djembe, gankogui and agogo bells, shakers, rattles, and rhythm sticks. They’ll see how each instrument is unique, and how they work together to create amazing music!

Using a djembe, the boys will learn the three basic drum sounds – slap, tone, and bass. They’ll put those sounds together to create African rhythm patterns like the one in this video.

Notice how the musicians use the three different drum sounds and the unique qualities of their instruments to create an amazing sound together!

The drumming sessions will also be integrated into the singing portion of the camp. The boys will see how percussion can be part of a larger musical ensemble by applying their newfound drumming skills to one of the South African vocal pieces they’ll learn.

Whether your boy has already fallen in love with drumming or is a seeking a new experience, this camp has a place for him!

WHO: Any boy entering grades 2–6. No previous musical experience necessary!

WHEN: June 25–29, 2018, from 9 am – 1 pm

WHERE: Aronoff Center for the Arts

COST: $199 (please call 513-396-7664 for financial aid information)