The sound of live polyrhythmic drumming is not the first thing one expects to hear echoing in the halls of an elementary school. But for the last two weeks, it’s become familiar at the Captain Albert Stevens School, where drummer Michael Wingfield recently completed a two-week teaching engagement.

Wingfield, who does school workshops around New England, including numerous sessions in Midcoast Maine over the years, arrived in Belfast two weeks ago with two dozen conga drums in tow. The sessions, he said, are meant to introduce students to traditional rhythms from, among other places, Brazil, Cuba and Haiti, but also to impart the understanding that all of these rhythms came from Africa, by way of the slave trade.

Students in kindergarten through third grade participated in the sessions. The younger students learned basic hand-drum technique, from the physical — using hands, wrists, elbows and sometimes scratching with fingernails — to the metaphysical — talking and listening to the drum.

The third-graders did a more extensive residency with Wingfield, learning complex rhythms and call-and-response sequences. On Feb. 5, Wingfield’s students gave two raucous performances in the school gymnasium.

Youngsters tripped their way through a primer in Brazilian Batucada dance, parents were cajoled into animal role-playing and cowbell timekeeping, and multiple conga lines snaked around the gym, to the beat of many drums.