A one-of-a-kind experience where participants build their own musical instrument to then play it together. Fantastic! But how does it work?
For schools and pupils: let’s build a cajaton
The “cajaton” is a drum made in a cardboard box. Sitting on the box, players produce rhythmic sounds by tapping their hands and fingers on it. Designed by music teachers, this drum is a great way to get started with percussion instruments regardless of age.
Sven Kiefer provides all materials needed for the making of the instrument. Over the course of a few hours, he guides the pupils (on their own or by two) through the construction of the drum. Once the instrument is done, the children can embark on an exciting journey in the universe of the cajaton’s sounds and rhythms.
How to play the cajaton
No musical knowledge is required to play the cajaton. Children just feel and experience the sounds and rhythms of the instrument – while training their sense of hearing and enhancing their fine motor skills. Besides, playing together is fun and fosters a sense of community. At a later stage, you will have the possibility to play with the kids and their nicely ornamented DIY drum. At the end of the school year, the instrument is theirs to take home and continue playing.
Learning does not have to be boring!
This workshop enables pupils to go through a building process and the creation of an instrument. Making one’s own instrument for the first time is very satisfying.
Each step of the process calls upon very fine motor skills and stimulates the imagination. Helping one another fosters teamwork and facilitates social interaction.
For companies and employees: find the rhythm of the team
“Pass on the first impulse” your team will hear… not only while working in chain or hand in hand at making a drum but also during the ensuing drumming session. But before searching for a common rhythm together, the participants will build their own instrument. Skills such as precision and patience will be summoned, yet the project is really about helping each other during the building phase.
Let’s play together once the DIY cajon is ready… A professional drum instructor will be present to help sensing rhythm and listening to music. The addition of other instruments will amplify melody and groove. The group will try several rhythms and eventually team work will lead to finding a common sound.
Along with creativity, this team-building event nurtures team work and communication. The workshop aims at reaching the following goals:
- Participants get to know each other better.
- Group cohesion is strengthened through collective activity.
- Group experience refreshes motivation for daily office tasks.
Music is fun. Rhythm is joie de vivre and energy. A cajaton event will rekindle your team spirit and leave a lasting imprint in the memory of all participants.
Right now the Cajaton project can be found at CarréRotondes and at the Maison d'enfants de l'Etat in Schifflange.
A percussive workshop by Sven Kiefer and Yves Popow ©