What can be accomplished in the workshop depends on the focus chosen and the amount of time allotted. This list shows possibilities…
Dr. Isaac Akrong visited the Youth Hub at our library and engaged teens in a one-hour African drum workshop. Isaac brought in a variety of drums and explained their names and different sounds. The teens learned basic rhythms and followed the instructor's lead to get an understanding of playing the drums. Participants benefited by being exposed to a different culture and getting hands-on experience with a unique instrument. Overall, it was a fun, entertaining, and educational program that the teens really enjoyed.
Mr. Akrong and the African Dance Ensemble conducted a highly-interactive and engaging dance and drumming workshop at our school. As a TDSB teacher who experienced this workshop firsthand, I can say with confidence that Mr. Akrong and the African Dance Ensemble members went above and beyond in engaging all the students at our school. Our school has students in mainstream and intensive special education classes and the workshop was very inclusive in that it accommodated students with different learning needs. The workshop brings to life African culture and music in a very unique way. Students gain an appreciation for the beautiful sounds of African words and music. In my opinion, this workshop was a one-of-a-kind experience for many students who don’t typically have access to music. As a teacher with a strong equity lens, this workshop also allows students to see Black and African individuals in a positive light.
The music and instruments were really great. We loved making music with you and dancing. We love the stories too! Great energy!
Thank you so much, it was great learning the musical instruments from Ghana, my class enjoyed playing their "found" drums at home with you! We had a terrific time!
Thank you sooooo much! This was wonderful! The best presentation all year! :)
To make the workshop or assembly a success, pre-planning before the session starts allows for: