Location: 252 St.Kilda Road, St.Kilda VIC
Beginners @6.15pm – 7.45pm
Intermediate: 8pm – 9.30pm

About Beginners Drum Classes

Suitable for those with limited or no experience in hand drumming.

The emphasis at the Beginner Level is on:

  • Having fun
  • Learning basic technique on the djembe (bass, tone and slap)
  • Appreciating West African music
  • Developing groove, control & listening skills
  • Working together to become an ensemble
  • Introducing soloing as a group
  • Working on timing
  • Exploring basic musical concepts


How do I pay?
Grab a ticket via the button at the bottom of the page, or pay in person at class. Cash and Eftpos are both accepted.

Do I need to bring a drum?
Only if you want to! We will have a drum ready for you at class – you don’t need to have your own. Ask your teacher about renting a drum so you can practice between classes

When can I move up to Intermediates?
Have a chat with your teacher to get a gauge on where you’re at. We’re always keen to see students progress to the next level! Students who have a musical background, are often ready after 1 or 2 cycles. Most students find the confidence to progress after 4 to 5 cycles.

I’m a kit drummer – can I skip the beginner’s class?
Your experience will hold you in good stead, but hand drumming is a different kettle of fish. You’ll need to take a least one beginners’ cycle to get yourself up to speed and comfortable with the djembe.

About Intermediate Drum Classes

Suitable for those who have completed at least one Beginner Cycle or with previous hand drumming experience.
The emphasis at the Intermediate Level is on:

  • Developing clearly differentiated tones and slaps
  • Playing at faster tempos
  • Understanding the relationships between djembe and other instruments in the ensemble
  • Exploring different time signatures (like and 12/8 and 6/8)
  • Preparing full arrangements for performance
  • Building on more difficult group solos and personal free-styling
  • Maintaining a solid tempo and holding accompaniment parts within polyrhythmic structures

Our Advice

Students at this level should seriously consider investing in their own djembe. More intensive practice is needed beyond class to hold your own at the Intermediate level, and is essential if you’re looking for an invitation to the Advanced Class. Check out our range of djembes here and talk to your teacher about a Student Discount Card.


I’m ready for more, but not quite ready for the advanced class. What shall I do?
Join Sessi Sessi via the Performance Skills Class! There are also plenty of opportunities to drum in casual groups around Melbourne. Ask your teacher!

I want to join the advanced class – can I get an invite?
We’re always excited to advance a student up a level. Tribalism events are where stand-out players are often spotted. Be aware that the Advanced level is a significant step up and requires regular practice. Talk to your teacher about the best way forward.

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

Casual Rate

$ 26 / 23

concession / fullDay: Tuesday
Beginners: 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Intermediates: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: African Drumming,
252 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda

Cycle Rate

$ 145 / 130

concession / fullDay: Tuesday
Beginners: 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Intermediates: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: African Drumming,
252 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda

2019 Class Cycles

You can join the 1st or 2nd week of a 6 week class cycle to maximize your enjoyment and learning experience. If you miss the 2nd week, we recommend joining the following cycle.

Cycle #1 – Join our St Kilda or Camberwell classes on January 15th or January 22nd
Cycle #2 – Join our St Kilda or Camberwell classes on February 26th or March 5th
Cycle #3 – Join our St Kilda or Camberwell classes on April 9th or April 16th
Cycle #4 – Join our St Kilda or Camberwell classes on May 21st or May 28th
Cycle #5 – Join our St Kilda or Camberwell classes on July 2nd or July 9th
Cycle #6 – Join our St Kilda or Camberwell classes on August 13th or August 20th
Cycle #7 –  Join our St Kilda or Camberwell classes on September 24th or October 1st
Cycle #8 – Join our St Kilda or Camberwell classes on November 5th or November 12th

Ready to drum with us? Secure your place today!

Class tickets

Walk-ins welcome :: See above for start dates :: If you have any questions please contact us

Teacher: Mikey


Born in Zimbabwe, Mike began his musical life with the rhythms of Southern Africa, practicing a variety of musical disciplines since 1998.
In 2015 his passion drifted westward to discover the djembe, and intensified when he moved to Melbourne and continued his learning under Simon Fraser and Bassidi Kone. He regularly performs with fiery ensemble Dunu Teké and spends his practice time developing his understanding of West African rhythm. He believes that music is inside each of us - it's just a matter of learning how to speak its language.