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Teaching

Group Xylophone class taught by Ben LawrenceBen's home: ready for classBen Lawrence teaches a program of evening, residential and weekend workshops, teaching at festivals and xylophone & drum groups across the country.

 

He has over 25 years of experience, working with groups, individuals, schools, business and community groups, working with complete beginners through to professionals. Classes can include hand and stick drumming, xylophone, rhythmic exercises, composition, improvisation, traditional rhythms and ensemble playing.

Ben looks at traditional and new rhythms, developing our rhythmic sense and ability to play as a group. He aims to set people at ease, giving them confidence in their ability to understand, enjoy and feel the music, filling your head and body with rhythm.

Residential and weekend courses can be great experiences for the participants, where the food, company and atmosphere are as important as the music.

 

Ben Lawrence Teaching a drumming group at home in Bristol

Ben holds regular weekly sessions in Bristol and the South West.

 

Take a look at the Calendar page for more detailed information about course times and venues.

 



Residentials in Kent and Cornwall

Drum and Xylophone Residentials in Kent

 

Xylophone / Balfon / Gyile:     Intermediate to Advanced          

  • April 14th - 20th   2014    (6 Days)
  • October   28th  -  November  2nd  2014  (5 Days)                                                                         

Ghanaian Drumming:       Intermediate to Advanced       

  • June         23rd   -  29th 2014  (6 Days)
  • November  10th  -   16th 2014 (6 Days)


6 Days £360,  5 Days £320     Food, bed and tuition included. 
 

Drum and Xylophone Holiday in Cornwall    
Intermediate to Advanced  

  • May            25th   -   J30th   2014
  • September   6th    - 11th   2014

 £300 Campers  £375 Bed.  Including food, accommodation and tuition

 

Booking:     Send a deposit of £100  (£60 for weekends) to Ghana Goods,52 Averay Rd, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1BH 

Ghanaian Xylophone: An in depth six day residential course playing for between 6 to 8 hours a day. Looking at traditional rhythms, melodic and rhythmic exercise and compositional techniques. Learning traditional Ghanaian music form Dagarti, Lobi and Sisala tribes and adapting Ghanaian drumming music to xylophone.                                                           

Ghanaian Drumming: An in depth six day residential course playing for between 6 to 8 hours a day. Looking at hand and stick technique, bell, percussion, bass, talking drum, support and lead parts, improvisation and fundamental rhythms. Studying music from the Ga, Ewe, Ashanti, Dagomba, Hausa peoples of Ghana.                                   

Venue: Workshops take place in North Kent, 7 miles from Dartford, 30 miles east of London. Situated in my mother 400 year old thatched house in three acres of land. Plenty of space to escape outside, fires at night ( you will be collecting the wood ) and local woods and fields for walking and cycling. 

 


 

Time of arrival and departure: 4pm                                             

Food: Just as important as the music. Breakfast will be set on the table for you to help yourself. Lunch is a buffet with a sit down dinner in the evening. The washing and clearing up that’s up to you. You may even be encouraged to do some chopping.       

Accommodation: Five shared/single bedroom (first come first served) plus camping.                           

Getting There:  By Train. Local station is Longfield, it is 45 minutes from Victoria, London.     

By Car: 15 minutes drive from M25  M/A20   M/A2. Will send directions if required.         

Address:  Brickend, Church Rd, Hartley, NR Longfield, Kent DA3 8DR                                                                                              

 

 
Teaching in Bristol PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 March 2009 23:12

'Ben has a natural talents for teaching the complexities of West African rhythms and music in a for understandable to those of us brought up in the Western European Musical tradition'.
Tony Woods August 2008

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 16:15
 
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  • Five Day Drum and Xylophone Holidays In Cornwall 2014

  • May 25th –30th  2014
  • September 6th – 11th   2014

  • £300 Campers  £375 Bed.  Including food, accommodation and tuition.

 

  • Guide to the day.   Tuition in morning and evening leaving the rest of the day to relax and explore.

    8 -10 Breakfast  10 - 1pm Tuition. 1.00 Lunch   6.00 - 7.30 Supper.  7.30 - 10.00

    Tuition Staying at the Nanquidno Farm  set in a hidden wooded valley in the glorious far south west of Cornwall, close to the coastpath and only 5 minutes walk from Nanquidno cove. Nearby are beautiful sandy beaches, stunning coastal and inland walks, ancient sites and stone circles. The unspoilt local environment is a haven for birds and wildlife. On clear nights you can enjoy starry skies free from the lights of the town. www.nanquidnofarm.co.uk    

 

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 12:45
 
Weekly Teaching in Bristol

  • Performance Group Tuesday 6.45 - 8.15pm  ( Intermediate to Advanced )
 
An intermediate to advanced group taking your playing to the next level looking at traditional pieces, rhythmic exercies, improvisation and             performance skills. It is a closed group of 13 people. It currently has two spaces.
Classes run for 12 weeks  Cost £96 - Cost of 2 classes £180 - Booking essential as places limited. Bookings phone 0117 9354132/ 07977904195  Venue: My Home - 52 Averay Rd, Stapleton, Bristol. BS16 1BH. Please bring your slippers or warm socks, in Winter.
No class on 25th October and 15th of November
 

  • Ghanaian Xylophone Tuesday 8.30 – 10.00pm  ( Intermediate to Advanced  )

        An intermediate to advanced group. Looking at traditional pieces and melodies composed from Ghanaian drum rhythms. 
        The group perform with the performance group. It is a closed group of 6 people. It currently has two spaces.
        Classes run for 12 weeks  Cost £96 - Cost of 2 classes £180 -
        Booking essential as places limited. Bookings phone 0117 9354132 / 07977904195
        Venue: My Home - 52 Averay Rd, Stapleton, Bristol. BS16 1BH. Please bring your slippers or warm socks, in Winter.
        No class on 25th October and 15th of November.

 

  

 Performance Group

The idea is to take your playing to the next level. A certain level of commitment is required – expectation of practice /& or/ attending another class /& or/ certain level of experience. We will not all be learning all the parts as in the workshops, but concentrating on learning one part well within an ensemble. This way we shall quickly build up a repertoire. To begin with I shall play the lead part, but I will be very happy and even relieved to pass it on to any of you who can play some or all of it. As with all the workshops I teach, all mistakes will be welcome, but you may be moved to easier parts if you are struggling, until your level has risen. You will be encouraged to practice during the week by yourself and if you can with others from the group. Different levels of ability are welcome, but we shall, practice and perform to our strengths. In the group we will bring what we have learnt together, at home we shall practice and develop our skills. Support and suggestions, for your practice shall be given. We will soon be making a beautiful music mixing the drums, xylophone and percussion, performing with and hopefully without myself.

 
Weekend Teaching in Bristol

Ghanaian Xylophone / Balafon / Gyile :

 

  • June          13th  -  15th 2014
  • November  28th  -  30th 2014



Friday: 7 – 10pm   Saturday: 10.30 – 5.00 &  7 – 10pm  Sunday: 10.30 – 4.00

 

An intense weekend five / 12 hours of tuition. Looking at traditional rhythms, melodic and rhythmic exercise and compositional techniques. Learning traditional Ghanaian music and / or adapting Ghanaian drumming music to xylophone.

Going home with a recording of the work and tuition.

 

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<!--‘'Dear Ben.  Just wanted to express my thanks to you for running such engaging workshops with our year 7 students. The children benefited greatly and gained much from the experience.’
Jacqui (Music Teacher) 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 16:19
 
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