African Drumming Classes

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Discover Djembe series

Simon Lewis has created a new video tutorial series for those who would like to learn djembe at home! 5-20min lessons.

Suitable for those with no experience. More info

Weekly classes

Simon Lewis playing djembe

Only intermediate djembe classes are running during lockdown. Simon will provide a tutorial video each week, plus a Zoom session 7pm Wednesdays.

Normally…
We provide two levels of djembe class each week. Beginner class will introduce co-ordination and foundation patterns using the bass, tone and slap sounds. Fun warm-ups lead into the traditional accompaniments of the African tribal rhythms. You will learn the musical language of the djembe which culminates in an arranged piece including breaks and traditional songs.

Intermediate class requires some drumming experience. Expect more complex djembe accompaniments and other elements of traditional African rhythms including dundun and bell parts.

Classes are fun, non-competitive, challenging and you will discover and develop your own sense of rhythm while exploring the parameters of ensemble playing. Invigorate your rhythmic self!

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Video recordings of classes are supplied for all students booked into a 5-week block.

Term dates (5 weeks)
  • 18th August – 15th September
    (2 week break)
  • 6th October – 3rd November
  • 10th November – 8th December

When live classes are possible…

Class location

All drumming classes are held at Base Studios – 22 Allenby st, Coburg North

Remote learners

Videos of djembe classes are available for those who are unable to attend in person. 5-week course $75

Beginner Djembe

*now on hold until Covid guidelines permit live classes

5-week course $100, single class $25
6.30-7.30pm Wednesdays
22 Allenby st, Coburg North (see map)
Suitable for beginners and those with a small amount of drumming experience. Drums provided free of charge upon request.

Intermediate Djembe

Simon will provide a tutorial video each week, plus a Zoom session 7pm Wednesdays.

5-week course $100
7-7.30pm Wednesdays
online (see map)
Some previous djembe training required. Drums provided free of charge upon request.

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