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Background


World Music Workshops was created in 2006 by Jim Bernardin to provide children, teachers, schools, parents and music-lovers of all ages with inspiring, exciting hands-on music-making experiences from around the world.

Specialising in teaching music from a wide range of cultures, World Music Workshops has gained industry recognition and many happy clients over the past fifteen years throughout the UK. Entertaining audiences young and old with his performances and empathic approach to teaching, Jim Bernardin instills in all who take part the message that making and performing music is for everyone.

Plans for the remainder of 2020 and the future include offering a range of music-making classes on steel pans, marimbas and other percussion instruments especially for all ages of the local community in Worthing and surrounding areas from brand new premises.

More details to follow soon...




Jim Bernardin - Founder

Jim Bernardin has been working with school children and teachers for twenty five years with his unique brand of music workshops and performances. His ability to connect with both children and adults has kept him in constant demand in schools and events throughout the UK, Channel Islands and Europe.

Jim spent his youth playing sports, and alongside this developed a love of music and drumming in his late-teens. He began his musical career as a professional drummer on cruise-ships and theatres, before moving into education. He has taught percussion in state and independent schools and has directed and composed for various percussion ensembles alongside his teaching. He gained a first class honours degree in Music and Writing as a mature student and studied marimba and other percussion instruments during this period. At this time he was also a freelance contributor to Rhythm drum magazine, interviewing percussionists and reviewing events.

In the last fifteen years, in addition to World Music Workshops, Jim has specialised in playing and gigging on the Caribbean 
steel pan, and now runs Worthing Steel Band as well as continuing to freelance as a latin percussionist and kit drummer.

During the summer of 2020 Jim completed a Masters in music performance at Southampton University, specialising in Latin Jazz on the steel pan, vibraphone and drum kit.

"I am privileged to see children learning so effectively and enjoyably from a teacher at the top of his game."
Susan Elkin - The Stage, Education and Training Section