126: Making More Music with Marimbas

Marimbas are wooden xylophones; they are played in many parts of the world and are especially popular in Southern Africa. They are easy to play and when played together as an ensemble (5 marimbas) they produce exciting and uplifting music.

This course, with Mike O’Shaughnessy, will explore techniques for how to play marimbas, teaching some African-style marimba tunes and other songs. These will include both simple and more complex parts suitable for past participants and those with some musical or marimba experience. Lots of fun!   

Course Code:  126

Time: 9:30am – 12.30pm

Dates: Monday 10th – Friday 14th Jan

Cost: $250

Suitable For: Intermediate, Advanced

Ages: 14+

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Mike O’Shaughnessy

Mike O’Shaughnessy discovered the joys of drumming, percussion and marimbas in 1990. He has studied drumming, percussion and marimba music with many teachers in Australia, the UK, West Africa and at WAAPA in Perth.

He leads community drum circles and has taught African drumming and marimbas to adults and children for many years. Mike believes we are all musical and that music brings joy and expression into our lives. His classes aim to be fun to allow people at all levels to discover and develop their musical abilities.

He has played with numerous music groups including WAAPA’s ‘Defying Gravity’, ‘Acushla’, ‘Village Vibes’, ‘Afrotonic’ Dance Group and ‘The Spooky Men of the West’ choir.