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The wonderful sound when noise becomes music! 15 young people drummed to a new beat today as they stretched themselves and sat behind a Djembe drum, some for the very first time. This Pilot program aims to increase friendships and social connections for the young people who are participating. The participants all had to listen carefully to the sounds of one another as they took turns in playing and waiting.

Facilitators are hopeful that the listening and friendship building will extend beyond the music studio!  EAL Teacher and drumming facilitator Teju Chouhan is excited to see young people forming new friendships as they laugh and learn new skills together. Joseph, College parent and Drumming facilitator is donating his time to bring his skills in youth work and drumming to our school.  We are very grateful to the Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council, for generously donating the use of their djembe drums for the workshops.

Students with EAL teacher Teju Chouhan and the student group taking part in the Djembe Beat session

Junior, 15 “The group was fun getting to learn new skills. I’ve done some other drumming, but this is using our hands. I also am getting to know some different people from other year levels and classes. And we have more in common than I thought we would. Good job to the team who organised, to Teju, Jospeh and Jacqui.”

Cameron, 17 “It was fun! Watching each other try and when we stuffed up we would have a giggle and fix it up. Everyone was really helpful and encouraging when we had another try. I am looking forward to learning drumming skills, I’ve never done drumming with my hands before. There’s a good range of characters all coming together in this group to make a beat together as one.”

Students taking part in the Djembe Beat session


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