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 introduce techniques for how to play marimbas and teach some African-style marimba tunes and other songs. These will all include both simple and more complex parts so will be suitable for beginners and those with some musical or marimba experience. Lots of fun!
Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced (16+ years)View list of Student Requirements for this course
Mike O’Shaughnessy discovered the joys of drumming and percussion in 1990, listening to a group of African drummers playing through the night at a campsite in Wales! Since then he has studied drumming, percussion, and marimba music with many teachers in Australia, the UK, and West Africa. The last five years have included study of classical percussion at The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has played drums and marimbas in numerous musical groups including Acushla, Village Vibes and WAAPA’s Defying Gravity and also been a member of The Spooky Men of the West choir. He leads community drum circles and has taught drumming and marimbas to adults and children for many years. He believes we are all musical and that music brings joy and expression into our lives. His classes aim to be fun, to allow people to discover and develop their musical abilities, and to enable people to play music together in community.