Join our African drum classes Online. Great fun, learn a new skill – it’s creative, musical and easy to begin!

Beginners @6.15pm – 7.45pm
Intermediate: 8pm – 9.30pm

Simply download ZOOM, create a free account, and start the test to check that your audio and video both work. If you are having issues, you may need to update your webcam drivers. Once you’re logged in, follow these instructions to optimise your Audio for our sessions.
  • Click the Settings cog in the top right corner of the app’s home screen
  • Open the Audio tab and click the Advanced button at the bottom right. This will bring up three Audio Processing Options
  • There are two background noise suppression options (persistent and intermittent), please disable both of them
  • There is one other option: Echo Cancellation. This should be set to Audio.

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

FAQs

How do I pay?
Grab a ticket via the button at the bottom of the page, and we’ll send you the login details for the class.

Do I need to bring a drum?
Yes. We offer discounted hire rates for djembes picked up from our Melbourne shop.

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.

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! 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 / 20

concession / fullDay: Tuesday
Beginners: 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Intermediates: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Cycle Rate

$ 145 / 110

concession / fullDay: Tuesday
Beginners: 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Intermediates: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Online Class Cycles

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

Cycle #1 – Join our classes on January 14th or January 21st
Cycle #2 – Join our classes on February 25th or March 3rd
Cycle #3 – Join our classes on April 7th or April 14th
Cycle #4 – Join our classes on May 19th or May 26th
Cycle #5 – Join our classes on June 30th or July 7th
Cycle #6 – Join our classes on August 11th or August 18th
Cycle #7 –  Join our classes on September 22nd or September 29th
Cycle #8 – Join our classes on November 3rd or November 10th

Ready to drum with us? Secure your place today!

Class tickets

 See above for start dates :: If you have any questions please contact us

Teacher: Mikey

Teacher

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.