Jo May


Jo studied percussion at the Royal College of Music, and began her career as an orchestral player, working with groups such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Grange Park Opera. A trip to Sidmouth FolkWeek sparked an enthusiasm for traditional music, and led to her involvement with various folk groups -  including the ceilidh band Token Women - as well as studies in West African and Afro-Cuban music. 

Jo has had many years’ experience teaching a variety of percussion, both as a peripatetic teacher and workshop leader. She has been involved in many different schools projects but is now mainly focusing on Spoons Workshops! These are suitable for schools, festivals, community groups, parties and other events, and can be adapted to suit all age groups. This informal video was put together to give primary school teachers an insight into the workshops - Jo provides a range of spoons for participants to try out - metal, wooden, plastic, and joined-up ones for anyone having difficulty with the grip. The workshops are sometimes accompanied by a fiddler or other musician.

Testimonial from Anna Clow (École Internationale Bilingue, Paris):

"Aside from the rhythms, sounds, skills they learnt in playing the spoons you covered just about every 'physical' objective there is going: body awareness/bilateral integration/crossing the imaginary midline/hand-eye coordination/hand dominance/muscular strength/sensory processing and so it goes on!"



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