About Beginners Drum Classes

Suitable for

Those with no or limited experience in hand drumming

What to Expect

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

FAQs

How do I pay?
Please pay in cash at class

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

Do I have to stay at one location for the Cycle?
It is wise! Each location teaches a different rhythm so you’ll struggle if you switch it up

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 course 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 Course or with some previous hand drumming experience

What to Expect

The emphasis at the Intermediate Level is on:

  • developing clearly differentiated tones and slaps
  • playing at faster tempos
  • understanding the relationships between bell, dunun and djembe
  • exploring different time signatures (like 4/4 and 6/8)
  • preparing full arrangements for performance
  • building on more difficult group solos and personal freestyling
  • maintaining a solid tempo and holding accompaniment parts within poly rhythmic 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

FAQs

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!

I want to join the advanced class – can I get an invite?
We’re always excited to advance a student up a level and stand out players players are often spotted at Tribalism. Be aware that the Advanced level is a real step up and requires 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

2018 Class Cycles

Cycle #1 – Starts week of January 15th
Cycle #2 – Starts week of February 26th
Cycle #3 – Starts week of April 9th
Tribalism #1: Friday May 11th
Cycle #4 – Starts week of May 21st
Cycle #5 – Starts week of July 2nd
Cycle #6 – Starts week of August 13th
Cycle #7 – Starts week of September 24th
Cycle #8 – Starts week of November 5th
Tribalism #2: Saturday December 15th

Ready to drum with us? Secure your place today!

Walk-ins welcome :: Check the class welcome page for start dates :: If you have any questions please contact us

Teacher Profile

Davey

Teacher

Dave has been studying and performing west African percussion for the past 6 years.

After discovering a drum circle in St.kilda on his first week in Australia, he was drawn to the sound of the Djembe and the obsession began!

Dave studied with traditional masters in Ghana in 2010 and continued his apprenticeship in Australia under the guidance of Simon Fraser, Mady Keita, Boubacar Gaye and Jeremy Prentice. Dave performs regularly in Oz and Ireland incorporating his love of African beats into myriad genres of music. He always brings his Irish charm, warmth and a sense of humor to his classes whilst still respecting the traditions and history of its origins.