MUSICAL instruments replaced pens and paper as children tried their hand at African drumming.

Year 1 children from Westdene Primary School in Brighton got musical as they learned about African drumming on last week.

Pupils were led by expert Daniel Gilmore from Sussex Music Workshops, an organisation that offers music lessons and extra-curricular activities inspired by countries around the world.

He put them through their paces as they learned the basics of this alternative form of drumming, experimenting with different rhythms and beats.

African drumming is an art form linked both to making music and communication.

The drums themselves can be pieces of art, and are often made from wood and colourfully decorated.

They can also have items inside to create additional rattling sounds.

These can be made from wood, metal, earthenware pottery or gourd – a hard fruit.

Music co-ordinator Emma Bright said “These workshops were a chance for our very youngest children to experience the thrill and enjoyment of drumming together and being introduced to fabulous new playing techniques too.

“I arranged the workshops to support our Year 1 children’s music curriculum topic for this half term, exploring rhythm and pulse and also making links with their science topic investigating materials.

“The children have all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their workshops.”