Matthew Hodgins

Music / Drumming

Matthew Hodgins / 1 250 642 5476

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Teaching language: English



Matthew Hodgins is a Canadian percussionist and music producer with classroom experience, who for 16 years has taught and performed extensively in England and British Columbia. Both in practice and in research, Matthew has developed truly thrilling workshops which will blend music, voices, numeracy, physical skills, invention and expression, which also include his valuable set of drums. This service delivers immaculate djembe drums to the hands of your students and then teaches groove-techniques which culminate with performances. Matthew unifies the hearts and minds of children with his inspiring teaching and rapid results. In addition to being listed as an instructor on Drumeo, and on the ArtStarts AIC Directory, he was also selected in 2014 for the Vancouver School Board Artist in Residence Program. Available on Vancouver Island and to the Lower Mainland – all enquiries are welcome.



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Matthew has the incredible ability to get students learning to the point where they can perform after a few sessions… And the students responded very well to the experience.” C. Sullivan, VSB Artist in Residence

Matthew took great care in planning the lessons, scouting the space and ensuring that every detail was attended to prior to the lesson date.” R. Gowdy, Tilicum Annex

I was impressed by his passion and enthusiasm for his discipline, skill at leading the group and informative instruction that included historical and cultural references for the instruments and rhythms.” A. Andersen, Queen Margaret School



Core Group Drumming Residency  (CGR)

The Core Group Residency Program is the reiterative opportunity for students to create, perform and make deeper discoveries about themselves and their environment. “In-classroom instructional residencies increase their impact when teaching artists work with core groups” [Silverstein 2004]. CGR offers an enhanced series of drumming sessions for one class; and this option will give students regular access to a very valuable and musical set of drums!! The CGR delivers a profound drumming experience! As children return to their drums and their rehearsal setting, they will: gain more confidence; retain more music; and reach a further point of skill progression. From years of development, Matthew has crafted a succession of specialist percussion music lessons designed for B.C. school classes. He will work collaboratively and collegially with classroom teachers. He invites feedback and will adjust plans based on comment or constraint.

Suitable for K to Grade 12

Breakdown: 6 x 90 mins [include midsession breaks] + a performance + planning + 24/7 email

Maximum: 45 participants


Whole School Drumming Event  (WSE)  K to Grade 12

The Whole School Drumming Event is an enriched opportunity for students to create, communicate, perform and respond to musical art. WSE will deliver a properly sized djembe drum to every classroom student and teach basic drumming skills within percussive routines. The sessions culminate with either a range of in-class performances or one final performance. Beautifully layered rhythms are quickly orchestrated to age and ability by a PGCE qualified instructor. Schools also receive: start to finish planning and enough drums for any school, anywhere! Within 3 school days, many options exist for your students. For example – after a school assembly tointroduce Matthew and Drum, every student works towards a final performance. Or, Mr. Hodgins can work for 70 minutes with one class. That class and instructor then immediately present their work to the school during an assembly. After this compelling performance, Matthew explains to the whole school audience that they will also have the opportunity to learn drums in school. A grand applause ensues!

In any event, from first lesson to end of day [or as adapted by school] each class attends accredited & specialized classroom music lessons.

Breakdown: 3 x Schools days of rehearsals + in or out of school performance + planning + 24/7 email

Maximum: Full Class sizes as per age


Required equipment/facility/materials/teacher Resources for Workshop:

Approximately 25 ft by 25 ft of clear space and chairs to match number of participants. Contact for any enquiries or detailed analysis, because all specifications listed here are adaptable!


School District Availability:

Vancouver Island, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver.

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