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Monday, 06 February 2012
Year 7 and Year 8 girls picked up some Samba beats with a
specially arranged lunchtime workshop.
During the session they became familiar with and played the
surdo (a large drum), the reco reco (a scraper), the repinique
drum, the tamborim drum, the ganza (shaker), the agogo
(cowbell) and the whistle, the apito, which is used to signify the
start and end of pieces as well as beat changes.
They were led by music teacher Mr Ian Forgrieve in the session
which introduced them this type of ensemble playing, and it
is hoped that the girls will become interested in learning to
play percussion instruments in the future. Mr Forgrieve used words
to help the girls remember the Samba rhythms, and was
delighted with how quickly they picked it up.
The workshop was organised as part of the Girls' Division
Learning Support Able and Talented programme.
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