African Drumming Classes

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Simon Lewis playing djembe

We provide two levels of djembe class each week, taught by Simon Lewis. 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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Performance opportunity!

All students attending drum classes from 21st April are invited to perform at Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival – Federation Square 15th May. More info

Term dates (5 weeks)
  • 21st April – 19th May
  • 26th May – 23rd June

2 weeks break

  • 14th July – 11th August
  • 18th August – 15th September

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

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

5-week course $100, single class $25
7.45-8.45pm Wednesdays
22 Allenby st, Coburg north (see map)
Some previous djembe training required. Drums provided free of charge upon request.

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Covid safety

In order to keep our drummers safe we have implemented the following precautions.

  • Participants will be required to provide name, telephone number and email address when attending a class.
  • Classes numbers will be limited to observe the 4 square metre rule.
  • During class participants will be spaced 1.5m apart.
  • Drums will be sanitised between use.

Melbourne Djembe COVID safe plan

Djembe class with Simon Lewis

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