Beats and Bars – Dunedin

DATE: Saturday,  June 19, 10.00 a,m, – 2.30 p.m.
VENUE: St Clair Primary School, 135 Richardson St, St Clair

Join us for an exciting and inspiring day of marimba playing and African drumming with three hands-on workshops using Orff teaching practices.

Koffie will take us on a journey to experience the range of West African instruments and the relationship between rhythm, dance and song in a friendly and inclusive environment, sharing traditional music and culture, gifted to him by his ancestors, and those of the neighbouring countries.  

Ali will join with Koffie to show us how to put together a simple marimba and percussion arrangement using the chords of a song.

Jeremy will model techniques for working with classroom or children’s tuned percussion ensembles using material from the 2021 Dunedin Marimba Festival to make some great music with the group (all levels of experience welcome).

Marimba Festival participants will meet at the end of the day to refine plans for the festival programme.

Jeremy Hantler
Jeremy Hantler

Jeremy Hantler is a Tauranga-based, Christchurch-born Music educator who teaches music at Matua primary and Otumoetai College, and runs workshops and bands in the weekends and evenings. He has travelled extensively to attend intercultural music and teaching workshops in Estonia, Sweden, Salzburg and France, and brings a wealth of experience to the classroom context. Jeremy still at the lights in simple melodies sung and played by our youngest musicians, and values the process and benefits of making meaningful music on the way to making aesthetically pleasing music.

Koffie Fugah
Koffie Fugah

Koffie Fugah is a master drummer, dancer and story-teller from Ghana, he has been performing and teaching traditional African songs, dance and drumming for over 20 years. In 2013 he migrated to New Zealand. After arriving in New Zealand, he founded the Kadodo West African Drum and Dance School. For the past 5 years, as Kadodo’s Artistic Director, he has been facilitating drum and dance workshops for school, community, and corporate clients all over New Zealand.

His life-long passion is sharing the love of his culture with people and encouraging them to use music to express themselves joyfully.

He loves working with everyone, from children to adults and thoroughly enjoys finding opportunities to share his love of African drumming and dance with everyone.

Ali Caldwell

Ali Caldwell is a specialist music teacher at St Clair School in Dunedin. She is Secretary of Music Education Otago, organising the annual Ukulele Kids Jam with the MEO team, and a trustee of the NZ Ukulele Trust, with a key role producing the Kiwileles resource. She completed Orff Level 1 training in 2008 and includes Orff pedagogy in all aspects of her programme. She is passionate about ensuring every child has access to a quality music education.

To register for this workshop:

Register your name and details online HERE. Then, use your own internet banking facility to make a direct deposit into the ONZA account at BNZ 02 0248 0073940 097     Reference: Your surname; Code: DunJun21. Entering your surname means you will be registered. Payment by Credit card is also available.

    • ONZA Members.  $20.00
    • Non Members       $40.00

For inquiries email:  Ali Caldwell