African Drumming Workhops for Schools

Bring the joy of Music and Rhythm to your School

Liven up your Classroom this Year with our Explosive  African Drumming Workshops


African Drumming Ireland is one of the leading providers of Professional, Educational and fun Drumming Workshops in Ireland. 

Our Drumming programs in Schools have kept thousands of Students and Teachers enthralled and actively focused participants, in every aspect of our workshops.  Simply put students – love it ! 

What is it all about ?

Our African Drumming workshops for schools have been growing in popularity each year.

Its high success rate with students and adults has encouraged and fostered a love of West African Music, Rhythm and Culture in Primary and Secondary schools in Ireland, opening students to new musical and life experiences. We introduce the basic rhythmic concepts of West African and World percussion to schoolchildren through Drumming, Chanting, Singing, Body Percussion, Call and Response and storytelling.

Using the West African Djembe (pronounced djem – bay) students assemble in the drum circle. This is a safe, facilitated,  non-competitive space where we learn to explore our connection to Rhythm and Sound using a variety of percussion instruments, bells, shakers etc. All the school needs to provide are the seats and the room. We do the rest. We can currently cater for classes of up to 34. Even the most disconnected student will find it hard to resist the powerful urge to be part of a musical ensemble and hit the drum. Drumming is contagious. Everybody even the teachers want to be involved!

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Why Drumming?

Drumming together is a powerful method of building children’s confidence and self-esteem. Because it’s so much fun beating a drum children learn the magic of:

Developing listening skills and focus


Cooperation not competition

Being creative

Voice work – through simple call and response songs

How to make music together  (Great way to learn about Cultural Diversity)

Leadership skills – directing the whole group

Making music and having fun

Can everybody Drum?

Yes everybody can Drum – even the Teachers ! All age groups are catered for .

As Irish children, generally have never had any in-depth exposure to African cultures, Drumming can be a way of breaking down barriers at a social level and forming friendships. Drumming can also help to integrate children from different backgrounds and beliefs into a new school environment as drumming can be taught purely visually without words.

“When a class first begins to drum together as a group they are all equal in their ability and musical understanding as the drum is totally new to them. Through the process of cooperation and listening to each other, a bonding happens in order to create the overall musical sound. This inclusion extends to all members of the group.  As the African proverb says “ The drum knows no colour”.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details about our African Drumming Workshops for Schools. We will work around your school timetable and are available to do one day/half day workshops or teaching on a weekly basis as part of our 8 week program. Each class receives a 45 minute session.

(African Drumming Ireland is covered under public liability insurance)


All Workshops are tailored to your timetable and budget with all Drums/ Instruments provided for classes up to 34 per group. Our prices are reasonable and often work out at 1 euro per Student or less.

Please contact us for a more accurate quote for your schools location and what your needs are.


As we are fully mobile we will come to your School. Contact us.

We work in the following counties in Ireland:

Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford ,Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon , Sligo, Armagh, Cavan, Coleraine, Donegal, Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Tyrone. Cavan

As well as delivering a high quality Service , our pricing is competitive.

Often for a whole day’s drumming with the school, it can work out less than 1 euro per student.

See what people have to say about us here and  view some of the Testimonials we have received over the years , from our educational work in schools


Greenmount National School

“Patrick has just completed a nine-week drumming course for 5th and 6th class students of Greenmount National School. During that time I found Patrick to be extremely efficient, reliable and punctual in all his dealings with both staff and students. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience while acquiring a new skill. Patrick’s enthusiasm was infectious and he has an excellent rapport with the students. I am delighted to recommend Patrick Naughton to you.”

Annette Walsh, Music Co-ordinator
Greenmount National School, Cork

Scoil Bhride, Eglantine

“The ” Full Percussion Circle” band was enjoyed by all classes, young and old in a recent visit to our school. The variety of instruments and rhythms kept all children enthralled and entertained. Everyone, even the teachers were given an opportunity to dance, sing and take part. Great rapport was developed between performers and audience. We loved it – so will you. Thanks and best wishes.”

Anne Ryan & Staff
Scoil Bhride, Eglantine, Douglas, Cork

School of the Holy Cross

“Patrick has been teaching drumming in our school since September last. The senior cycle has just completed a nine – week course facilitated by Patrick culminating in a very enjoyable interactive session with parents at Christmas.This was an extremely positive learning experience for the students and because of this our junior cycle, including early start pre – school has just commenced (parent and child) another drumming course with Patrick. Patrick is a superb tutor, he is kind and patient with the children and they respond so well to his teaching methods. Even the most reluctant participants are fully engaged by the end of the lesson. The children and the teachers look forward with great enthusiasm to their weekly sessions. they love it. I heartily recommend Patrick Naughton to you.”

Orla Barry – Principal
School of the Holy Cross, Mahon, Cork

Glasheen Girls National School

“Thank you so much for all of your help during the year. The girls enjoyed the sessions no end and we look forward to working with you again next year.”

Angela Lynch, Principal
Glasheen Girls National School, Cork

Limerick School Project

“Patrick Naughton has completed a six-week drumming workshop in our school. Patrick worked with all of our class from junior infants to sixth. The weekly workshops were enjoyed by our pupils and teachers are very pleased with the progression in skills displayed by the children. The workshops developed a sense of rhythm and beat and improved listening skills and concentration in the pupils. I am happy to recommend Patrick if your school would like to introduce drumming to your pupils.”

Helen McInerney, Principal
Limerick School Project

Scoil Mhuire gan Smál

“The school rocked with African rhythms, dance and chant on our annual drumming day with Patrick Naughton. Both the Music students and transition year students of Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney participated in Drumming workshops given by Patrick. The workshops catered for all ages and abilities, from first years to Leaving Certs and were skillfully facilitated by Patrick. We look forward to another workshop in the coming year.”

Maura Lucey, Music Teacher
Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney

Catherine McCawley (Special Needs) School, Limerick

“Patrick has run a number of very successful drumming workshops with pupils at our school. We are a school catering for the needs of pupils with mild general learning difficulties. His workshops were innovative, relaxing and extremely worthwhile to all of our pupils. all the activities were accessible and enjoyable. Patrick also ran a workshop for staff which was a great learning experience for all. A Drumming workshop would be recommended for pupils of any age and ability.”

Orla Hilton – Music Coordinator
Catherine McCawley (Special Needs) School, Limerick

Some of the Schools and Organizations that have participated in Full Circle’s Drumming For Schools Program since 2006

Scoil An Spioraid Naomh Buachailli, Bishopstown, Cork city
Glasheen Girls National School, Cork
Greenmount Primary School, Greenmount, Cork Ref : Annette Walsh
Gaelscoil An Teaghlaigh Naofa, Ballyphehane, Cork
Gaelscoil Naomh Therese, Bishopstown, Cork
Scoil Ursula, Ursuline Primary School. Blackrock, Cork
School of The Holy Cross Mahon, Boys school, Cork
Scoil Bhride, Eglantine, Douglas, Cork
Gaelscoil Mhachan, Avenue de Rennes, Mahon, Cork
Scoil Ailbhe C.B.S Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Light of Christ Primary School, Dunmore East, Waterford
Kilvennon National School. Mullinahone, Clonmel
Moyross Primary School, Limerick
An Mhodh Scoil, Limerick
Limerick School project
Castletroy Gaelscoil, Lmerick
Catherine Mc Cawley (special needs school) Limerick
Adare National School, Fermoy
St Marys On The Hill, Knocknaheey, Summer Scheme, Cork
Mayfield Community Arts Centre, Faranree, Cork
South Parish Summer Scheme, Cork City
Family Resource Centre, Faranree, Cork
Killeagh Summer School Scheme
Nagle Community College, Mahon
Oakfield Community Childcare, Summerhill, Mallow
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Cork Ref : Maura Lucey
St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill, Cork
Crawford Art College, Sharman Crawford St, Cork (African Drumming Society)
U.C.C Cork (Capricio Music Society)
Cape Clear Island National School, Baltimore West Cork Bere Island, Castletown Bere (Summer Festival)
Cork City Council (Fun Days/Workshops in the Park – Togher, Mahon, Faranree)
Colaiste Muire Secondary School Crosshaven Ref : Martina O Boyle Music Teacher
Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare
Cork Prison – Educational Unit VEC. Catherine Coakley – Head Teacher
Laurel Hill Secondary School Limerick.
Spioraid Naomh Bishopstown Secondary School ref : Leoni Wallace
St Peters Secondary School Passage West , Cork
Ballincollig Family Resource Centre – Workshop with Headway members (acquired brain injury)
ref: Pat Smyth
Mallow Family Resource Centre, Cork
Ardscoil Ris Secondary School Limerick
UCC – Soundout Program with Grainne Mc Hale
Deiscop – Music completion programme ref: Katie Burns
Bishopstown Community School – Workshop with hearing impaired students
Wilton Youth Club ref : Catherine Moran
Rover Chill – Larch Hill Adventure Scouts Dublin
Maryborough Nursing Home – Percussion for seniors
Down Syndrome Laois. Co. Laois

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Our aim is to deliver different, high quality, professional percussion programs at affordable prices throughout Ireland.  We cater for the musician and non-musician alike, bringing the joy of ensemble drumming to your Organisation, Community, Workplace or School.

Looking forward to meeting you in person.



Dervish Holistic Centre
50 Cornmarket Street
Cork City
Co. Cork
T12 X276