Intercultural Music Workshops

Intercultural Music Workshop Resource

Workshops 1 & 2

Workshop 1:

Introduction to “World Music”/”Intercultural Music”

  • Basic rhythmic work – simple patterns to get thinking musically 
  • Introducing the Stop Break 
  • Introducing Call And Response (quietly introducing improvisation) 
  • Introducing the Are You Ready Break - Split Rhythms 1 exercise 
  • Extension Activites (between Tutor Visits): Split Rhythms Extension Exercise 

African Traditional Music & Afrobeat: “Zombie” by Fela Kuti

  • Reinforce previous work on rhythms and beat/bar
  • Don’t Clap/Play That One Back game
  • Split Rhythms 2 exercise - Vocal Call and Response (quietly introducing improvisation)
  • Combining into a full performance of a percussion band using musical techniques and features we have learned about so far 
  • Extension Activites (between Tutor Visits): Vocal call and response (low and high notes), Continued work on split rhythms (trying to get to 4 split parts/4 different rhythms at once). Continue Split Rhythms Extension Exercise (examples and backing tracks included) 

Activity Guide

Split Rhythms 1&2



Split Rhythms 3&4



Are You Ready Break

Split Rhythm
Starter Sheet


Zombie Backing Tracks

Slow Speed

Full Speed

Workshop 3

Cha Cha Cha, Cuban Music & Latin Rock: “Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente (& Santana’s Cover) 

  • Topics include Cuba as a country, differences to the USA, Buena Vista Social Club 
  • Ostinatos & “backing” a soloist (Introduction to Harmony) 
  • Learn 5 notes that fit over any part of the song (Introduction to Pentatonics) 
  • Vocal Improvisation 
  • Extension Activites (between Tutor Visits): Singing the ostinato of Oye Como Va in harmony, continue improvising with the 5 notes (examples and backing tracks included) 

Oye Como Va Score

A minor Pentatonic


Sound Tracks

A minor pentatonic

Oye Como Va Backing Track

Workshop 4

Samba, Brazilian Music & Evolution of a Song: “Tombo in 7/4” by Airto Moreira (& “Celebration Suite”, & “Samba de Janeiro” by Bellini)

  • Listening and identifying differences 
  • Watching a samba band play on a video & looking at each instrument 
  • Discussing how music borrows from other music
  • Learning to play a simple Samba
  • Learning the “Samba De Janeiro” melody to sing
  • Improvisation and creating a Samba Band "Samba De Janeiro" 
  • Extension Activites (between Tutor Visits): The simple Samba, Singing Exercise Sheet, singing and percussion improvisation practices (examples and backing tracks included) 

Workshop 5

Indian Music & The Beatles: Ravi Shankar (Raga Mala) & The Beatles (Tomorrow Never Knows)

  • Listening and identifying differences 
  • The Sitar & The Tabla and how they create the unique sound of Indian music
  • Discussing what a “Raga” is, and how they differ from a Western Scale
  • Listening and learning how many different ways notes can be played 
  • Learning to sing the tune of “Tomorrow Never Knows” (words from Verse 4 only)
  • Improvising with a set of 5 notes (different pentatonic)
  • Backing vocals behind a vocal soloist, as well as percussion solos - Which Song would you like to revisit? 
  • Extension Activites (between Tutor Visits): revisiting the extension task from whichever workshop the school has chosen, new sheet will be provided with examples and backing tracks.