Art of drums beats on

Whitsunday Times - - 7 DAY TV GUIDE -

CHILD­CARE cen­tres in the Whit­sun­days were in­vited to ac­tively take part in a What Drum­beat per­for­mance as part of Young Aus­tralia work­shops.

In an en­er­getic demon­stra­tion of drum tech­niques and styles, per­cus­sion­ist Mark Stewart pre­sented a history of per­cus­sion through the ages, us­ing a large range of drums and hand per­cus­sion.

Mr Stewart vis­ited both 121 Child­care and Lit­tle Gekos Early Learn­ing Cen­tre.

The pro­gram fea­tures rhythms and pat­terns used in all types of mu­sic and in­cluded chil­dren par­tic­i­pa­tion seg­ments, in which there was no short­age of vol­un­teers.

Hands rock­eted to the sky as the chil­dren, squirm­ing with an­tic­i­pa­tion, were picked to come up and have a go.

Cow­bells, cas­tanets, bon­gos, bass drums, snare drums, box drums – you name it, if it can be hit to pro­duce sound, he had it.

121 Child­care di­rec­tor Shylie Tarver said it was not only a ball but ed­u­ca­tional.

“Chil­dren learnt through first hand ex­pe­ri­ence the shape and size of drums that pro­duce low and sounds,” she said.

“We are lucky to have such an op­por­tu­nity where chil­dren could re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate through hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence the won­der of per­cus­sion.”

Drum­beat was formed in

high 1990 by Tony Az­zopardi and Mark Stewart as a gen­eral in­tro­duc­tion to per­cus­sion for Aus­tralian school­child­ren.

Now into their 25th year, they have shows specif­i­cally de­signed for stu­dents from kinder­garten to high school.

Lit­tle Gekos’ Jade Roberts, Tallen Thomas, Pixie Tay­lor, Len­nox Tronc and Jax­son Far­ley play in­stru­ments while Maya Ferenc and Aurora and Saric Lyn­ham watch on.

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