Primary and Secondary
School Incursions

This incursion was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to experience first-hand the joy of playing and performing music with others, as well as learn about the important role that music plays in other cultures. They immensely enjoyed the experience and it will no doubt enhance their own music making as they continue to create and compose using African drums back in the classroom
— Brighton Grammar School
A huge thank you for helping us celebrate Education Week. It was the best performance we’ve ever had! I loved the energy you created in the room and the way you had everyone up and moving, even the principal! We had such positive feedback from students, staff, and parents. We hope you come back for another performance soon
— Susanne, Ascot Vale Special School

Rhythm of Life’s schools program presents an insight into the exciting and colourful culture of West Africa.

Suited to primary and secondary schools within the Melbourne and greater Victoria region, our incursions promote self-expression, participation and teamwork, and help to develop co-ordination and focus.

Rhythm of Life share their stories and experiences of West African music and life, outlining the cultural and historical significance of traditional music and dance.

Our incursions are highly structured and tailored to suit your school’s particular needs and curriculum requirements.

The experience is engaging and accessible to all students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and above all, fun!

Interactive performances

Interactive performances cater for groups of any size. The artists perform traditional repertoire, demonstrating the various traditional instruments and rhythms. They also tell stories of the West African music tradition, and involve students with call-and-response, African songs, dance and body percussion.

Hands-on workshops

Hands-on percussion workshops cater for groups of up to 50. The group explores the different components of a traditional rhythm, including basic drumming techniques, accompaniments, arrangements, improvisation and drum solos. Students have the opportunity to try the different percussion instruments, a song and dance, and learn the story behind the rhythm. All instruments supplied.

Artist-in-Residence Programs

These can be tailored to fit your school’s curriculum, and can work towards a performance of the repertoire learnt during the program, for example at a school assembly, production, graduation ceremony or fete. All instruments supplied for groups of up to 50.



We offer these workshops year round.


Fees are negotiable to cater for your school's budget.

Fees vary depending on the number of participants, duration of the workshop/performance and the number of artists we provide.

We can provide from one to five artists for a workshop/performance, including dancers.


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