The Rhythm Zone Music Project
2005 - 2017
Specialist music projects designed to promote focus and confidence for mainstream Primary Schools and "disengaged" teenagers in secondary education
Learn to play West African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian music with acclaimed music tutor Pete Vilk (“Pete the Beat”) in a fun and inspired atmosphere. Develop your sense of rhythm, positive group interaction and self confidence.
From fun warm up exercises, challenging rhythm games and awesome drum grooves.
Get in the Rhythm Zone!!
- African, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban drumming traditions are explored in music workshops.
- Rhythms and songs are taught and we learn how to play music in a group.
- The skills of listening, group dynamics and working together are beneficial for every aspect of life.
- Self-confidence and concentration skills are often improved in young people during a project.
- Techniques and rhythms for Djembes (hands), Dun-duns (sticks), bells and shakers are explored.
- Young people learn how to cooperate and respect each other to play rhythms on drums & percussion as part of a drumming group together.
- Workshops build towards arranging the music together as a group, to perform an awesome gig!
- To be able to play this music and get in the zone together requires stretching our listening skills
- Musical ability through understanding the principles of playing music together & engaging in fun rhythm games!
- Aspects of cultural and society are explored as we learn about the rhythms and why they are played.
- Performances can be professionally recorded and made available as mp3
Pete “the beat” Vilk has been drumming over 25 years and leading workshops for over 15 years in the UK with young children, teenagers and young adults.
My focus between 2010-2017 had been on working with "disengaged" teenagers in learn to succeed programmes in East Lothian.
Dunbar Grammar School
Regular West African and Afro-Brazilian rhythm workshops over a 10 session course resulted in 3 performances including in front of 350 pupils, teachers and parents at the School Awards Ceremony, to over 500 people at the Musselburgh family day Bandstand event and for the Dunbar Bleachingfield Community Centre. Feedback about the sessions from the young people and support teachers have all been very positive and I have been invited back to teach a new course.
Dunbar Community Centre
Rhythm Zone will also be developing a new community Samba drumming band at the Dunbar Community Centre
“A brilliant project, engaging & fun & challenging and just what the young people need at this junction in their lives - group confidence and listening skills were certainly improved and we would like to have the project again with our next S3 group in 2013 please!”
Kirsty McKluckie, Learning Support Teacher, Dunbar Grammar School
“This is the most focused and concentrated the group have ever been. Excellent project that has engaged them to achieve so much...i really enjoyed playing the music too!”
Scott Walker, Project Manager, North Berwick Youth Cafe
Aims and Objectives
To be able to play rhythms on drums and percussion as a group with the common aim of making music
To be able to understand the importance of listening and respecting each others learning process in the group
To feel empowered, confident and enjoy the process of learning drumming music
To develop self-worth, self respect and temporal self-awareness through playing drums and percussion.
To learn a complete set of patterns making up a traditional West African, Afro-Cuban or Afro-Brazilian piece of music (including songs)
To engage in arranging the music in the most dynamic and exciting way.
To be able to perform the music for fun, a public event or concert