Afrobeat for Kids

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Drumming Classes for Kids!

For the past 20 years, Neeni has shared her passion, infectious exuberance and love of West African Drumming and Dance with children of all ages Australia-wide.

If your child has been fortunate enough to have already experienced an Afrobeat for Kids workshop at an Early Learning Centre, Primary or Secondary School you will know first hand that it was an exciting, FUN, and memorable experience for them ...and they probably pestered you to get them a djembe drum of their own!

For the very FIRST TIME Neeni is offering those kids who WANTED MORE a chance to study African drumming after school on Thursdays in Geelong!

Course Description

Experienced teacher, Neeni Tuti captures the imagination of her young students while inspiring cultural awareness, diversity, team spirit, connection and self-esteem through African drumming and dance. Children will learn traditional African rhythms and movements in a FUN, inclusive, supportive, welcoming and uplifting course.

Sessions will feature:

• Exciting musical games

• Moving to the beat

• Improvisation and jamming

• Call and response

• How to create different sounds on the drum

• Thunderous drum rolls

• Basic rhythms and drum solos

• Counting, pitch and volume control

• Wearing the ‘conductor’s cap’

Some wild dance moves

• Learning a performance piece


About Neeni...

Following a trip to Africa in 1995, Afrobeat Founder and Principle Facilitator Janine Rew became fascinated with African Rhythm and subsequently studied Traditional Percussion and dance under renowned master A. Epizo Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa for 12 years.

A versatile and respected professional, Janine hails from a diverse background of more than 25 years of formal dance training and performance. The only female ‘African style’ percussionist to be endorsed by Billy Hydes (Australia’s largest retailer of percussion), she has been instructing individuals and groups in West African percussion and dance technique, and facilitated drumming circles with diverse audiences for the past 19 years. Read more...

Neeni's personal guarantee...

•Quality instruction by experienced facilitator with 19 years teaching experience

•Passionate teacher with a gift for teaching and a love for sharing her craft 

•A quality African Djembe for each child 

•Ask Neeni about buying one!Neeni offers personal advice and recommendations on buying your first djembe for your child

•A fun, relaxed, inclusive, non competitive ‘community’ environment

•Accessible classes - we welcome all levels of experience (including those who don't believe they can do it!), a great venue, on street parking, and close to PT

•Progressive learning (no two sessions / terms are the same)

•Learning and teaching styles to suit every child in the group!

•Children will learn about a different culture, performance skills, and proper playing technique

•Children will develop musicality and embrace the cultural significance behind the rhythms / dances they learn

•Opportunities to perform at cultural festivals and community events

Office:   03 5222 6615

Mob:      0416 262 388

Base:     Melbourne | Geelong

Office Hours:  MON - FRI 9:00 - 5:30 EST

Available in...

Geelong, VIC only

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Client Testimonials...

  • "Afrobeat was wonderful, very flexible and accommodating to our needs. Workshop was great! Fun, enjoyable and the students loved it! (especially the boys.... helped to get their ..."
    St Therese School, Mascot
  • " Students loved to be invited on stage and having a go at drumming. The performance was excellent and pedagogical. Janine was excellent in leading the students to contribute. Gr..."
    Noelle, LOTE Teacher - SUZANNE CORY H.S

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