Drumming home the team message

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Pupils called the tune at Bilsthorpe’s Crompton View Primary School, as the importance of teamwork was secretly drummed into them.

Youngsters from years three and four banged out the beats in a drum session operated during school assembly by Drumskool.

Pupils from years three and four at the Compton View Primary School, in Bilsthorpe, during a session provided by Drumskool and Hucknall Round Table.

Pupils from years three and four at the Compton View Primary School, in Bilsthorpe, during a session provided by Drumskool and Hucknall Round Table.

Around 80 children were involved in all, with around 30 playing at any one time.

“Each child plays a drum, but they learn the the values of timing, listening and counting, as well as the power of teamwork,” said Peter Brigden, of Drumskool.

“They learn it isn’t about individuals, but about something being the sum of its parts and create a tremendous sound. What the children don’t realise, is that it’s driving behaviour development and also builds confidence and self belief.”

The project is being rolled out in schools across the county thanks to funding provided by Hucknall Round table.

After the taster session, each school can then decide if they wish to take up a 36-week course where youngsters will eventually perform a routine in front of their peers.

Chris Lightbody, of the Hucknall Round table is passionate about using the power of music to aid learning.

“The kids really enjoyed it and were still talking about it a few days afterwards,” added the schoool’s Lisa Powe.

“They really responded well and it gave them a chance to learn new skills while having a lot of fun.”