From his very first moments with the children, Steve creates an atmosphere of magic, safety, hillarity and laughter. He inspires confidence in all. Creativity flows and everyone becomes part of their wonderful journey into drumming. The smiles on the childrens faces are captivating, such utter joy and happiness. Here are some of their comments from a chuffed to bits P1/2 teacher fae Foggieloan:
Bailey - He pretends all the time, he's so funny!
Paula - He makes us all laugh!
Jake - Steve's so cool, he can play the drums, guitar and sing!
Jenson - The drum mannie's so funny!
Harris - We banged our drums so hard it scared him! He fell over!
I like his funny faces and noises best
Staff and Children at Aberchirder Primary School, Aberdeenshire
Our bairns had a fantastic time at your workshop. Lots of really great feedback about how fun it was. Your energy was great!! Don't think I could manage that excitement/movement over and over again!!
Charlene, Teacher, Dounby Primary School
Steve's exuberant and lively presentation at Northern Lights had us all up in our feet and drumming away straight after lunch! It was a perfect way to beat the after-lunch slot doldrums, and even more, it was a great way to unite a whole bunch of new schools arriving to join the Northern Lights conference half way through.
Everybody loved it! His energy and enthusiasm lifted the whole audience. Drum fun certainly lived up to its name - it was BRILLIANT fun - and very educational.
What a great way to get 'embodied' !
Dorota Owen and Joan Wilmot,
Organisers , Northern Lights Conference 2011 : 'Embodied Wisdom'
What Steve does is bring all of his energy and enthusiasm and gives his full attention to the children. He very quickly has them on his side and eating out of the palm of his hand, and he is then able to engage them in the learning that he wants them to undertake. He demonstrates wonderfully how, as educators we should be engaging with our children to bring out the best in them and to enable their successful and confident learning"
David Cameron, education consultant, Director of Children's Services(Stirling Council) and former President of ADES (Association of
Directors for Education Scotland)
Thank you again for last week; it was another fantastic, inspiring and motivating visit for pupils, staff and parents alike!
Head teacher, SleatPrimary school, Isle of Skye
Once again can I thank you so much for Monday. The way in which you got all the children motivated, enthused and working together was brilliant. I donít think Iíve ever seen 210 happy faces like that in an assembly before! And thatís not counting the adults up and down the sides!
Head teacher, Andersons Primary school, Forres
At our recent Health Focus Day Drumfun provided drum workshops for all stages. The workshops were vibrant and fun and all pupils were delighted to attend again for the grand finale where pupils, teachers and parents made music with Boom Whackers. The presenters' enthusiasm was infectious ensuring that our Health Day went with a bang. Our whole school community left the hall smiling and feeling good, fulfilling the aim of the day.
Head teacher, St. Mirins Primary school, Glasgow
Happyness Drum Circles spent a day in our school, providing all the drums and instruments and plenty of enthusiasm and creativity to engage all our older children. The workshops were lively and enjoyable and the whole school pulsated and vibrated to the rhythms being produced. When the rest of the school came together for the end-of-day performance, bringing their home made shakers, Steve's easy management of 400+ children created an atmosphere of sound, movement and excitement few of the children, or staff, had experienced before. It was a moving experience in every way as all the children combined their sounds and rhythms together under the direction of their animated Drum Major - Steve. A truly fantastic day, we will certainly be doing this again.
David Simpson, Head teacher, Linlithgow Primary
Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the day. We were put in the position of our pupils, learning something completely new - which we did with great gusto and lots of laughs. Just try passing egg shakers from hand to hand while singing an African song and getting faster and faster! Why did somebody end up with five? Or "passing a rhythm" round the circle, changing direction and passing it back again. It was a stimulating, challenging activity which demanded great concentration, but a wonderful way to spend an in-service day and all staff were very enthusiastic about it.
Avril Lamont, Headteacher Fox Covert Primary, Edinburgh
In 30 years of teaching young people in Outdoor Education, I have never come across any individual as motivated, dynamic, original and unique as Steve Sharpe and his Happyness Drum Circle. Outdoor Education at Lagganlia Centre concentrates on encouraging young people to listen, work together as a team and to try their very best. To our great benefit, these are the very things that Steve achieves through his rhythm and music. When he delivers his sessions in the beautiful atmosphere of Glen Feshie, where we are based, the result is powerful, memorable and ....very, very noisy! To see the light shining from the faces of the children during a session is quite remarkable. In our modern society, children seldom make music together in a circle, interacting, improvising and responding to each other - There must still be a chord resonating deep within, it must be something that defines us as human beings.... from many thousands of years ago... what ever it is, it is special.
Ian Ross, Principal teacher, Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Education
Happyness Drumming captivates participants from the moment the session begins. Itís loud, itís interactive and above all itís FUN! My staff and pupils always want more! Come back please!!!!
Lorna Mudie, Headteacher, Maryburgh Primary School
The Happyness Drum Circle visited Invergordon Acadamy holding workshops for S1 up to S6. It was great because all ages could get involved, with the difficulty level for each year group pitched just perfectly. It was fun, lively, energetic and everyone left with a feeling of satisfaction, enthusiasm and confidence. I would thouroughly recommend these workshops for any school, even as a CPD day for staff. A fantastic time was had by all, the only problem being that all the pupils are now asking me to buy a set of African Drums for the school!.
Thankyou very much for this amazing opportunity Steve and Andy. 10 out of 10 and a gold star!
Laura Eunson, Music Teacher, Invergordon Acadamy
Lakin Brown S3
Lewis wood S6
Can we do it again?
Tanya Calder & Mairi Mcleod S4
Well good, Amazing!
Tammy Finlayson, S2
I thought it was really good, 'cos the guy was funny!
Kieffer Bell S1
One of the best periods I've ever spent in the school.
Mrs Anderson, Teacher
The best day of my life, even though my hands got sore!
Eve, Primary 1
I've never seen them so animated.....I saw pupils smile today that I've never seen smile in school before.
Mary, Primary school teacher
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