I am currently running 2 lessons per month plus a Professional Training Class. Information on the different classes can be found below.
Lessons are held on the first 3 Saturdays of the every month. (All lesson dates are subject to change due to public holidays and/or Fire Dance dates)
Time : Classes start at 9am and run for 4 hours until 1pm.
Fee: The fee per lesson is R480. Professional Training class R800 per month.
Venue: Unity College in Chartwell North Estates. The venue has both an indoor and outdoor space, allowing us to drum in all weather conditions. The Professional class meets at another location.
The lessons cover: A variety of rhythms and multi-part ensembles. Rhythm exercises and activities. A sacred approach to the drum and drumming. Many hours of music and laughter.
Joy of Drumming group
On the first Saturday of every month the ‘Joy of Drumming’ class, Tunu, takes place. Tunu is the Swahili word for Calm, and I have chosen this title as it is my intention to bring a sense of calm through the joy of drumming. This class will focus on a variety of drum ensembles including the many foundation rhythm ensembles. The ensembles will be carefully selected with the essence of joy, calm and peace in mind.
The Tunu class is perfect for the drummer that has taken time to gather drum and rhythm knowledge and experience, especially those that have completed any of my Beginner drumming courses offered over the past 17 years.
Foundations of Djembe course
The ‘Foundation of Djembe’ class will take place on the second Saturday of every month. This course is 6 months in duration and replaces my previous Beginner lessons. The Foundations class will be called Usawa, the Swahili word for Balance. Through learning to use both hands and arms equally we create balance in our brains and body. This class will resemble the Beginners lessons of old except that it is a much more intensive course focusing on the most important Djembe rhythms and ensembles.
Learning foundation rhythms is key to becoming a drummer that is comfortable at any drumming occasion, like drum circles. Drummers of all experience levels will gain invaluable knowledge at this course.
Professional Drum Training
The ‘Professional Drum Training’ class will take place on the third Saturday of every month. This class will be called Ayeye, the Yoruba word for Celebrate. I have extensive experience working with groups creating drum music arrangements and this class will be focusing on that. A very high level of dedication will be required as this class amounts to drum university. Study and preparation will therefore be expected before each lesson. When you drum at this level another dimension of drumming will open up to you. Please contact me if you wish to attend the audition.
Private Djembe Tuition
Even though I am not a strong proponent of private Djembe lessons, as the Djembe is a social drum that works best in a group format, there are on occasion people that require technical adjustment to their playing style. Private lessons are most beneficial for those that need their Djembe style tweaked and enhanced.
The cost of a private session is R500 per hour.
There are currently three drumming lessons per month. You may wish to join the Joy of Drumming Group or as a beginner, join the Foundations of Djembe Course. Also available is Professional Drum Training for more advanced drummers as well as Private Djemebe Tuition. Read all about the different classes below.
All lessons are held on the first 3 Saturdays of the every month. (All lesson dates are subject to change due to public holidays and/or Fire Dance dates)
Time: Classes start at 9am and run for 4 hours until 1pm.
Rates: The fee per lesson is R480. Professional Training class is R800 per month.
Venue: Unity College in Chartwell North Estates. The venue has both an indoor and outdoor space, allowing lessons to continue in all weather conditions. The Professional class meets at a different location.
The lessons cover: A variety of rhythms and multi-part ensembles, rhythm exercises and activities. A sacred approach is used towards the drums and drumming. Students can expect many hours of music and laughter.
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