Singh from Wolverhampton was a top drummer with Asian pop band
Azad. Now he heads Birmingham City Council's World Music Department
teaching the Punjabi Dhol.
Singh playing the Dhol
Dhol is a well known instrument in the UK. It is made up of two
skins; a treble skin and a bass skin.
beaters are used to create the pounding sounds that you often find
in bhangra music.
says his department is "unique in that each pupil gets an instrument
to take home to study and practise on for free."
500 school children get music lessons from the department in Birmingham.
year old Terry Dark from Grove Primary in Handsworth has been learning
for 2 years.
says "I like him (Harjit) because he can play better than us
and I like to hear different tunes."
is no end to Harjit's love affair with music. In his spare time
he coaches teenagers in Wolverhampton who often perform at local
says 'It's fantastic to know that I can carry on what I used to
do and pass it onto the children and give them something..we used
to perform now they're getting a chance to perform.'
more information about lessons for your school call Harjit Singh
at Birmingham City Council's World Music Department on 0121