For one week, we sang, played percussion and body percussion, and discussed pedagogical and social issues. We practiced positive communication and feedback, and learned a lot from each other’s ideas and experiences.
Now a new period starts in which every participant will use the new skills: every participant chooses a place where he or she will give a music workshop. Different ideas are already discussed, including a music workshop for children with special needs, a workshop in a hospital, a training for university students, an evening of relaxation with drumming and songwriting for teenagers in an agricultural boarding school, and a workshop for deaf children. I hear you thinking, music with deaf children? Yes, deaf children can also enjoy music! They can feel the vibrations; they can do body percussion, drum and use the sticks we use during the workshops to create rhythms and music. Proof is one of our participants this year who is deaf herself (and a deaf child at a summer camp in Rwanda that participated in MwB workshops: read here). I’m sure she will be a wonderful example for the children she will be working with!
And of course a very big thank you to the fantastic trainers Sherwin and Otto!