About PSC

Want to take your playing to the next level? This is the class for you!

Our Performance Skills Class is focused on polishing a core set of rhythms to a performance standard. You’ll need to know your way around the djembe (being at the Intermediate level or above) and admission is via invitation and expression of interest. Classes don’t follow the standard blueprint. During our sessions we refresh, refine and reinvigorate a set of rhythms, work on new material and use other music techniques to grow your playing. The experience isn’t restricted to the studio – you’ll be given the chance to perform at community gigs and events, as part of our performance troupe Sessi Sessi!

What to Expect

  • tightening arrangements
  • learning rhythms inside and out (3 Accompaniments, Duns, Intro, Break, Outro & Song)
  • music dynamics and interactive movement sequences
  • leading the ensemble

Benefits from PSC

  • improved live performance skills
  • developed stamina
  • broadening  knowledge of accompaniments and dun parts
  • improving musicianship
  • leadership skills


2 Hour Session

$ 10

Sessi Sessi sessions are run on Saturday afternoons, with Laura Kirkwood heading up the team

Location: 252 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda

Teacher Profile

Laura Kirkwood


Laura has been studying percussion for over 12 years, touring and recording with various bands ranging from jazz to ska. Following the beat of her own drum, she attended African Drumming’s 2013 tour to West Africa, studying with Master drummers in Ghana and Burkina Faso. She became fascinated in how music is central to the flow of life, igniting an interest to study different cultures music. After completing African Drumming’s Teacher Training Course, Laura had the opportunity to teach workshops across Australia, and began teaching her own music therapy classes in Brisbane. Having studied Latin music at the University of Florida, she has since been accepted into postgraduate studies in ethnomusicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2017. Laura believes that music can transcend language barriers and is sometimes a language of its own.

If you’re not within our School, you’re welcome to enquire. Drop Simon an email to discuss joining: [email protected]