In April 2012, Bishopscourt introduced on a trial basis a percussion workshop to see if their residents would enjoy playing percussion as an activity, following a call from Peter Hill from Beatz.ie. This has now turned into a fortnightly 1.5 hour workshop.
The workshop is constructed as a joyous, fully interactive percussion workshop that is enjoyable and accessible to all, and incorporates instruments and rhythms from different parts of the globe. The session is not solely about creating music, but it also involves physical benefits through the small amount of arm movement and lifting and counting out the rhythms.
A typical session would involve about 12 residents, starting with small finger and hand warm-up, and then a number of African- and Latin-based rhythms and songs would be sung and accompanied by tambourines, shakers, bells, and claves.
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