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"What started out as a short pilot scheme to gauge interest in African drumming classes has under Dan’s tutorage, turned into a long term venture. Class members enjoyed it so much they wanted to continue.    

The interest in drumming has grown because of Dan’s expert teaching methods (together with the fact that drummers can make as much noise as they like in our sound proofed cinema).  The sessions are structured so that drummers can develop their repertoire and, at the same time involve any new comers, who are able to join in without feeling left behind.   The age of those taking part ranges from toddlers to pensioners, and Dan somehow manages to engage all age groups at the same time.  His gentle encouragement and enthusiasm soon has everyone participating fully and any trepidation soon disappears.  

The class is emotionally and physically uplifting; therapeutic and refreshing – an hour well spent"
Karen Rogers, Education Co-ordinator, Perarth Pier Pavilion.

 

"Our African drumming workshop was just great. It was well paced and informative and appropriate for the age group. Having said that, the adults in the room were delighted to have a go and were sorry to see the session end.  Dan is a great teacher, pleasant and encouraging. His direction is really clear enabling all involved from as young as 4 years old to feel involved. We all came away with new knowledge about the different rhythms and how they work together and the great set of drums provided made it a pleasure to try the skills out. We look forward to inviting Dan back later this year."
Elen Bowman, Living Pictures

 

"The whole morning was very worthwhile.  Dan was well informed and popular with the groups…Thank you and please ring next year for re-booking.  Diolch" 
Richard Makin, Headteacher, Penrhiwceibr Primary School

 

"Thank you very much for your work and enthusiasm.  Looking forward to booking you again when we re-do the theme…will ask Phelps Music back next time again as was so good"
Rhian Thomas, YG Dyffry Y Glowyr

 

 "The workshops were professionally run and Dan's manner with the students was lovely – positive and engaging.  All students enjoyed the day immensely and found the workshops to be the right balance of fun yet appropriately challenging"
Kim Lomas, Head of Music, Stanwell School

 

"Fantastic workshops – the children were really engaged and loved playing the different instruments.  An interactice workshop appropriate to the ages of the children"
Jessica Jenkins, Danescourt Primary School

 

"Thank you very much for yet another excellent day of African drumming!"
Rhian Williams, Headteacher of Ysgol Iolo Morganwg (after our second visit to the school)

 

"Newbridge Park N Play have used Phelps Music for our open access summer provision this year to supply us with drumming workshops and we couldn't be happier with Dan's service. He is very professional and friendly, good with the children and patient. We will definitely be booking again and would highly recommend him."
Rhiannon Metters, Newbridge Park N Play

 

"Dan Worked well with our pupils.  He was very keen and tailored his workshops around our African module and programme of study."
Neil Hawkins, Head of Music & Performing Arts, Blackwood Comprehensive

 

"2nd Llandaff Beavers really enjoyed the session, and were engaged for the full hour.  It was also very relaxing and calming"
Leanne Church, Scout Leader

 

"Thank you for an excellent workshop – all the children really enjoyed it"
Becky Murray, Whitchurch Primary

 

"Great Workshop, the children enjoyed it and it was easy to arrange.  Thank you!"
Rhian Malnati, Music Co-ordinator, Maesycwmmer Primary School

 

"Thank you for a fantastic evening of music.  The explorers totally enjoyed, were focussed and we would love you to visit again!"
Helen Liberty, RCT Explorer Scouts

 

"Great workshop, pupils were enthusiastic and focussed.  Very engaging and also stimulating"
Pauline Ambani, Music Coordinator, Meadowlane Primary School

 

"The children all really enjoyed and the other teachers thought it was a great workshop, well structured and resourced. They really liked the fact that you had more than enough instruments for all children to be involved all of the time"
Diane Griffiths, Llansannor Primary School

 

"Thank you, both Brownies, Guides and all the leaders enjoyed the sessions"
Liz & Rachel Short, 2nd Tonteg Brownies and Guides

 

"All the feedback from the young carers has been very positive and they have asked to do something similar again.  A very fun and different activity to do with people of all ages"
Carys Jenkins – Vale Young Carers

 

"Absolutely Fabulous!Loved it!"
Sian Stephens, Ysgol Gymraeg Castell-nedd (after our second visit to the school)"

 

An informative, enjoyable morning.  The children and myself had a great time playing the different instruments.  Thank you"
Jenny Bennett, Fochriw Primary School

 

"All perfect. Just a brilliant workshop, Thank-you."
Betsan Jones, YGG Tyle'r Ynn, Briton Ferry

 

"Thank you for a fantastic opportunity.  The children really benefitted from the pace and content and all pupils were engaged throughout"
James Dummer, Deputy Headteacher, Alderman Davies CIW Primary School


"An exellent workshop – enjoyed by all"
Nicola Densley, Williamstown Primary

 

"Every child was involved – all had an instrument and were able to participate.  Dan had a lovely rapport with all our classes throughout Foundation Phase"
Marion Cage, Head teacher, Cymmer Infants

 

"Another fab workshop.  Engaging and the pace kept the children focussed"
R Edwards, Garth Primary (after our second visit to the school)

 

"Really enjoyed the workshop, the children were happy and a variety of age groups catered for"
Rhiannon Metters & Karen Dugmore, Newbridge Park N Play

 

" The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience"
Donna Easter, YG Ystalyfera

 

"The children thoroughly enjoyed the session.  The session leader was very friendly and lovely with the children. The session was valuable and would be considered when conducting topics that it is appropriate to (for example 'Big Wide World' etc) Thank you very much."
Jessica Jenkins, St Fagans CW Primary School

 

"The children thoroughly enjoyed and came out of the lesson wanting to learn the drums.  Myself and Miss Jones also enjoyed having a go"
Danielle Cooze, Melin Junior School

 

"It was a great activity that adults & children could do together.  Everyone had lots of fun and feedback from carers and young people/children has ben excellent"
Hannah Rogers, Principal Social Worker, Fostering People

 

"Call and response work was excellent…The children really enjoyed the session, children thought it was fun and exciting"
Mrs Williams, Glenboi Community primary School

 


"An Excellent Workshop.  The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Thank you!"

Catherine Sajko, Ysgol Gymraeg Coed-y-Gof  

 

"4 classes participated and each one commented on how the children were so engaged and inspired – each session went so quickly and covered so much.  Great fun, a brilliant learning experience"
Sarah Helkuist, Cwmncarn Primary School

 


"Very enjoyable and lots of fun for all age groups.  Excellent"
Caroline Williams, The Twyn School, Caerphilly

 


"An enjoyable educational experience for both children and staff"
Christopher Hodges, Ynysboeth Community Primary School

 


"All the children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop – Thank you!"

Catherine Sajko, Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant

 

"Children all enjoyed trying the various instruments.  Really brought something unique to our fete."
Hilma Wright, LLanilltud Faerdref Primary School PTA

 

 

"Perfect for a staff team building/wellbeing session – we learned and laughed for the whole hour"
Liz Beynon, Headteacher, St Monica's CW Primary School


"The adults involved were full of praise & said how much the pupils had enjoyed the session…good feedback from the children"
Alwena Harries, Music coordinator, Ysgol Gymraeg Pen-y-garth Primary

 

"A thoroughly enjoyable experience"
Jane McLaughlin, 12 + Sunday School, All Saints Church, Penarth

 


"Many thanks for a great ‘African Drumming workshop’…The children had a really fun evening"
Deanne Salamon, Cardiff Unit of the Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade

 

"Thank you very much – enjoyable day!"
Sian Thomas, Ysgol Cynwyd Sant

 

"The Young people enjoyed the session with positive feedback given to workers, so an overall success.  Thank you."
Louise House, Youth Worker Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service

 

"The pupils really enjoyed it – thank you for being so flexible with the timings"

Laura Taylor, St Philip Evans RC Primary School

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