School Workshops

A Cultural Education Program for Pre, Primary and Secondary Schools


‘An African Cultural Experience’ is an education program for pre, primary and secondary schools, facilitated by King Marong and the team from Safara Music School. Workshops can take the form of a music class with a drum for each student or can be run as an interactive concert for larger numbers of participants. Workshops can be as short as an hour or can involve an artist residency run over an extended period to develop more refined skills which can culminate in a school performance.





School Incursion

King’s workshops provide all students with the opportunity to participate in group tuition in an atmosphere of discovery and challenge.

With emphasis on the body/ kinaesthetic and musical / rhythmic intelligences, and combining the different learning styles King believes “that anyone with two hands can pick up drumming techniques.”

As an experienced instructor King skilfully blends demonstration with expectation to develop rhythm and technique in all students. Each workshop is designed to not only focus on musical learning but also to engage participants in cultural exchange and promote teamwork and communication, promoting participation and building confidence, while taking participants on a cultural voyage. Students are asked to actively engage through a series of fun activities including drumming, dance and movement, body percussion, introduction to instrumentation and cultural ceremony, storytelling and a question and answer session.


Instrument Making Workshops

Learn how to make traditional African instruments ranging from small tin drums and single string ‘chiki-colongdong’ to traditional wooden and recycled drums. This is a fun challenging and engaging activity which can provide a self made memento for each student or create a valuable resource from your school.

Small Instruments

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Larger drums made from a combination of traditional and recycled materials

Traditional wooden African drums


Artist in Residence

King has extensive experience working as an artist in residence both in Australia and abroad. Workshops run over an extended period can incorporate all year levels and include drum, dance, instrument making, African storytelling and costume making which can culminate in a school performance.

There are several grant funding programs that can assist in funding an artist in residence program. Contact King if you would like to discuss an application.

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Monday to Friday (within school hours) by negotiation


For bookings and enquiries phone King on 0430 465 133 or email

Feedback from Childcare Centre Operator Louise…..

“We have been operating for quite a few years and it was by far one of the best programs we have participated in.

King was fantastic with the children, they were so happy to participate and absolutely loved the activities!

Maryanne, our director made the comment this morning that she would happily book for next Holiday Program!

We try each set of holidays to have a different set of activities, however when you find something as great as the Jungle Jammin program you feel confident that the children won’t mind repeating the activity! Thanks to King :)”