Percussion Holiday Activities

There are some great percussion activities being delivered. No need to register for these sessions as they have all been pre-recorded and will be released on social media over the 2 weeks. They will then be available of the Surrey Arts Youtube Channel. There is fun for the whole family and you don’t always need a real drum kit or instrument to join in. Our tutors have come up with percussion sessions where you can make your own instruments with materials around the home.

Week 1: 3 – 7 August

Body percussion

  • Monday 3 August
  • 9.00 – 9.10
  • Level or age: All levels and ages welcome
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: No
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Introduction to Samba Part 1

Part 1 – How to make Samba instruments for part 2 play along session.
View and download the accompanying sheet music here: Samba Workshop Groove
and here: Samba Workshop Variations

Requirements: one or more of the following:

  • Shaker – Tube (pringles packaging, bottle, can etc), dried rice/grains/ seeds/beads and tape
  • Snare – Bucket lid, rice, paper and tape
  • Bass drum/surdo – Big bucket or plastic bin/container
  • Tamborim – Plastic lid or pot/pan
  • Agogo bells – 2 empty cans
  • Drum sticks or wooden spoons

The details:

  • Monday 3 August
  • 9.10 – 9.20
  • Level or age: All levels and ages welcome
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Yes, see above
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Junkyard Percussion

Exploring beat-making with items you have at home – 1 to 4 sounds. Learn a beat! Mix up sounds!

Requirements: one or more of the following:

  • tub / box
  • metal dish
  • carboard tube
  • wood spoons or chop sticks x2 (can work with any house hold item)

The details:

  • Tuesday 4 August
  • 9.00 – 9.10
  • Level or age: All levels and ages welcome
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Yes, see above
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Introduction to Drum-kit

In this session students will learn how to play some rhythmic grooves using common household items. Learn how to play the very basics of the drum kit. No need for a drum kit.

  • Wednesday 5 August
  • 9.00 – 9.20
  • Level or age: beginners aged 5 years +
  • Session delivered Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Yes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Introduction to Samba: Part 2

In this session students will learn how to play some basic samba rhythmic patterns using their home made instruments. 
View and download the accompanying sheet music here: Samba Workshop Groove
and here: Samba Workshop Variations

  • Thursday 6 August
  • 9.00 – 9.20
  • Level or age: Beginners aged 4 years +
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Crafter instruments made in Part 1
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

West African Drumming

  • Friday 7 August
  • 9.00 – 9.30
  • Level or age: Beginners 8 – 18 year olds
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Laptop/tablet/smartphone; a stand for it so your hands are both free and posture is good, long back eyes up; a djembe African drum / big empty tub or tin / home made drum ( some leather / plastic / xray ‘paper’ stretched and secured over tub/ cylinder … see what you come up with!)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Week 2: 24 – 28 August

Stick tricks

  • Monday 24 August
  • 10.30 – 10.45
  • Level or age: Intermediate/Advanced age 9+
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Yes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Train Time Technique

Five 10 minute sessions pre-recorded and released daily at 15.00 to learn train time technique on drum kit to learn to play Lightening bolt by Jake Bug

  • Monday 24 – Friday 28 August
    (5 Sessions – one per day)
  • 15.00 – 15.10
  • Level or age: Grade 1 upwards. Early grades will be able to join in and get ideas but it may get a little advanced.
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Yes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Rhythmic Subdivision

  • Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 August
  • 9.30 – 10.00
  • Level or age: Grade 1 upwards. Early grades will be able to join in and get ideas but it may get a little advanced.
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Yes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Brushes Masterclass

Brush technique – An introduction to producing different sounds on a drum using brushes instead of drum sticks.

  • Thursday 27 August
  • 10.30 – 11.00
  • Level or age: Intermediate/Advanced age 9+
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Yes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited

Conga Workshop

  • Friday 7 August
  • 9.30 – 10.00
  • Level or age: Beginners / intermediate 6 yr old upwards
  • Session recorded then released on Facebook and Instagram
  • Own instrument required: Congas, table top surface such as a desk
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: No
  • Maximum numbers: Unlimited