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Jim Bernardin - Director, World Music Workshops

Jim Bernardin has been working with school children and teachers for over twenty 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.

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 in shows, 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 tuned 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 ten years, in addition to World Music Workshops, he has specialised in performing and gigging on the Caribbean 
steel pan, and now runs Worthing Steel Band and Steel Pan Events as well as continuing to freelance as a latin percussionist and kit drummer.

This year he has been invited onto the board of trustees of Education Africa and has recently returned from the International Marimba and Steel Band Festival in South Africa where he was an adjudicator and workshop leader. Jim is also embarking on an MA in Music, specialising in Composition, carrying on from his undergraduate studies twenty years ago!

“It is unusual to find a first rate musician who can also communicate their skills to children. In schools we usually have to make do with one or the other – in Jim, luckily for us, we found both!”

Paul Evans, Head of Music, Kent schools.