Luminous in education
Luminous Music brought a series of highly detailed, hands-on explorations of world music rhythms,
instruments and cultural expectations. Crossing Culture World Percussion Music workshops allowed
students to explore ways in which world percussion music has influenced musicians and composers
in all fields of music, across all cultures.  Workshops could include playing the instruments of the
Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra, or making music on many high quality percussion instruments
originating from various world cultures.
These programmes can be run for many
age groups: Primary 10-12, Secondary
schools, at College level, and
Community adult groups.
Using a selection of different drums from Africa, Latin America, Turkey
and North Africa, participants use their hands to coax out the tonalities
from the instruments. The group  quickly becomes an instant orchestra
yet requires participants to quickly develop special coordination skills in
order to play unison passages, decode a series of core rhythms and work
in counterpoint with one another.

This one-hour workshop is a dynamic taster for hand drumming, providing
a high level of excitement. A two-hour session takes participants a little
deeper, towards making their own short compositions and performing
them for each other.
Hands-on Drumming
Create Music Groups
If you’ve wanted to make group music using just the rhythms and tones
of percussion instruments, this  multi-session programme is where
participants return for six sessions as they open the door to handling
unique instruments and addressing creative challenges. Individuals work
in small groups to make their own music.
We try to keep to percussion instruments, but encourage voice work. It's a bit noisy!! and a
large space is required. These sessions can integrate some of your cupboards full of
instruments (if you have them) along with the hand-made instruments from our own collection.
Sessions are for up to 30 people, and allow individuals the use of a wide range of pitched and
nonpitched percussion instruments to explore the ideas of the workshop. Six 90 minute
sessions would be ideal, and can bring musical development with subtlety. Small
demonstrations and performances occur in each session.
One Minute Max
One Minute Max is an adaption of the Create Music project that won the
PRS Composers in Education award in 1999. The programme presented a
highly creative composition project that became very attractive to older
primary school children. Participants were challenged to form small groups
and devise pieces of music that were no longer than one minute in
duration. Compositional scope was wide open, ranging from imaginary film
scores, poetry and music, rap, pop, to wildly experimental pieces.
Again a large space, or multiple spaces was required. Seven, once-weekly, hour-long sessions
were broken into instrument demonstrations and tutorials, strategies, devising time,
rehearsing and performing. We employed hand-made instruments from our own collection plus
anything else participants brought. Small demonstrations and performances occurred in each
session while we worked. Everyones efforts pervaded the space and children were inspired by
each other. The main requirement was to listen attentively to what each group discovered,
think objectively about what you heard, quickly discuss or illustrate what you thought things
were about, and proceed to create the most original music possible.

Sessions were for up to 30 people, and allowed individuals the use of a wide range of pitched
and nonpitched percussion instruments to explore the ideas of the workshop. The project
became personal, adaptive yet competitive. All sessions and demonstrations were recorded
with multiple microphones, and the music details were attributed to the artists. There were
solo and group pieces. The entire class listened to the recordings together. There was a great
deal of camaraderie and laughter. and a CD of the most interesting bits was presented to each
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Primary 5-7, Secondary 1-2, Adult, Community, ASN.  
Limit:  15 - 20 participants.           1 - 2 hour; half and
full day sessions.
World Rhythm Perspective
World percussion music has brought new knowledge to young
musicians and composers in all fields of music.  Tools to investigate the
world are at hand including - exotic instruments, complex rhythms,
and creative insights that reveal the rhythmic fundamentals within the
music of many cultures.
These hands-on sessions bring the student into contact with music from Bali, Java, India,  
Africa, and Latin America, both from the standpoint of traditional heritage and as a study of
core musical elements that we use in today’s music.  We don’t just talk about rhythm, we play
rhythm on instruments of various world cultures.

Six to eight one hour modules, focus on key world cultures that utilise percussion instruments
as essential musical resources.  Essential  musical elements are explored.  We look at the
ways in which rhythm mirrors nature, and how rhythms link with cultural expectations.  Our
own cultural output can be examined in this light.  
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Secondary 1-6, College, Adult, Community.   Six to eight
one-hour sessions,    Limit:  25 participants
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History: Luminous Music educational programmes