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Recycling Rhythms

Recycling Rhythms is a school year long inclusive music training project which is designed to teach young people how to play drums and complex percussive rhythm sequences. The project takes the form of weekly 45 minute sessions that will take place for 30 weeks in participating Primary schools, throughout Central Scotland. The work takes place in school time as young people with impairments find after school clubs inaccessible and restrictive. Musicians with impairments will assist or lead in the delivery of the project at all times.

Project Aims:

  • To create fully inclusive drumming groups.
  • To introduce an opportunity for learning skills in drumming and chanting, singing and songwriting.
  • To awaken latent artistic skills and potential.
  • To work in partnership with the aims of the curriculum for excellence.
  • To create a vibrant social environment in which individuals can recognise, explore, and express their sense of s self, and their potential to play a pro-active role in the world in which they live.
  • To promote the development of confidence and improvement in communication skills.
  • To encourage the development of autonomy and creativity in young people leading to positive life choices.

Project Timetable:

1:   Term 1 — Sept — Dec (10 sessions)

Getting to know the groups.

We will work within each academic institution, focussing on developing a rapport with the groups of young people through the following activities:

  • Concentration exercises
  • Ensemble warm-ups (physical and vocal)
  • Percussion and chanting skills– communicating confidently and clearly
  • Vocaland drumming improvisation using rhythm, melody and body percussion
  • Exploring music from other countries

2:   Term 2 — Jan — March (10 sessions)

Group singing.

The groups will focus on using their voices and listening to one another. We will work on:

  • Stage 2 complex drumming pieces
  • Using tuned percussion to explore the best ways to tune drums.
  • Learning new repertoire – chants and rhythmic composition with Tanzanian National Poet Mrish Mpoto.

3:   Term 3 — April — June (10 sessions)

  •      Becoming a tight drumming and percussion outfit.
  •      Learning to make our own instruments from recycled materials.
  •      Rehearsing towards a public performance.
  •      Recording our performance


Feedback from pervious Recycling Rhythms projects

Pupil comments

I loved limelight, it was incredible!

Limelight have taught me to sing well – I have learning so much from them

I just felt extraordinary being on stage – I would not have missed Limelight for the world

Teaching Staff comments

My pupils have had exposure to highly accomplished musicians who are happen challenges and are not afraid to share what it’s like to face these challenges

This project went way beyond my wildest dreams

Sheer brilliance!
























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Company Info

Company No: SC133290
Charity No: SC019831

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