Educational School Worksop /Projects

Efua Sey Cultural Academy has been engaged in education and working with schools regularly over the last ten years and are continuing to develop this area of our work in Essex.

We support schools in developing a strong creative curriculum approach, particularly within the Primary setting, and this can only help to engage a broader more diverse audience, participants and of course practicing artists. Working with pupils also helps to engage families, as we have seen with many of our projects, and this directly supports broader arts participation in communities that are traditionally least likely to engage with the arts. This area of work also helps us raise the profile of diverse artists in Essex Southend and Thurrock, underlining the benefits of collaboration to achieve educational, social, and artistic outcomes.

We offer support and delivery of World Music projects in schools through the Essex Music Education Hub, Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Junior Ambassadors project with Tendering District Council in helping, advocacy and introductions for music practitioners and artists who are working on Arts Award projects with schools and other arts, creative and music organisations.


Afro Mix, a Schools Project in Tendering, Essex

Afro Mix was a World Music project connecting old traditional and new African & Brazilian world rhythms. The project will give children and young people in Tendring an opportunity to experience World Music and to compose and perform a new work using Afro-Brazilian percussion.

Working with six Essex schools, World Music practitioners Efua Sey and BrazilArte co-create a collaborative percussion piece for performance. Building on positive outcomes of the World Music Project in spring 2013, the project took place in 2014 and engaged with changes to the National Curriculum, where musical improvisation and composition is taught at Key Stages 2 and 3 (ages 7-14). Students were also be able to learn about composers and musicians in World music and the traditions and cultures that influence them.