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Regular workshops

Jo has had many years experience of teaching percussion in schools. As a peripatetic percussion teacher, she has taught individual lessons and run numerous percussion ensembles, incorporating a wide range of instruments and styles of music. She also worked with Tapatak for a number of years, running an exciting range of rhythm-based workshops in schools using African drumming, Maori poi, Appalachian clog dancing and song. Until recently, Jo also ran West African Drumming Workshops in schools, using djembes, dun duns, shekeres and song.

Jo currently runs Spoons Workshops in schools. She provides an assortment of metal, wooden, plastic and joined-up spoons for pupils to use. She teaches a variety of techniques and rhythms, and often incorporates songs, body percussion and the children's own creativity. Whenever possible, the workshops are accompanied by fantastic fiddling from Linda Game or Deb Chalmers, or amazing flamenco/jazz guitar from Matt Sullivan.

The Spoons Workshops are accessible for all ages, from Nursery and Reception up to school staff! They help to develop lots of skills including rhythm, co-ordination, fine motor skills, listening, copying, performance, teamwork, discipline, creativity, confidence, focus/concentration, singing, as well as a knowledge of different cultures and traditions....

Workshops are planned to suit your school day. They are usually for up to 30 children, and last between 30 mins and an hour, depending on how many classes are to be involved. Often Jo will do short demonstration/introduction in an assembly at the beginning of the day, and/or a performance at the end of the day where some of the classes perform what they have learnt.

Jo is currently looking to develop the workshops further, and is particularly interested in incorporating more cross curricular links such as: Victorian/WW1 theme (spoon playing with Old Time Music Hall songs); Appalachian American or Irish theme; Junk Percussion/Reusing/Recycling; Kitchen/Culinary theme (links with cookery or healthy eating projects). Do get in touch if you have any ideas or suggestions for projects!

Jo has been CRB checked.

Please get in touch if you'd like more information and costs.

The children learnt many new skills in a fun and engaging way. Jo's excellent musicianship and progressive teaching resulted in a high quality performance at the end of the day. Fantastic!

Jane Butterfield, Primary School Music Teacher, Kensington

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