Beginning African Haitian Cuban Hand Drumming Classes & Lessons

hand Drum Classes

Looking for a fun, relaxed and gradual way to learn hand drumming?
Curious about the joy and power of drumming rhythms?
If so, please join this beginning drum class.

Following the Bill Matthews’ method of teaching and learning rhythms, CongaJoy.com  learn to play African, Cuban and Haitian ensemble hand drum rhythms as well as the basics of rhythm and small percussion parts.

In the first series you’ll learn elemental techniques, be able to join in and play simple rhythms, while connecting to our local community and creating powerful ensemble rhythms.

As the week’s progress, we’ll delve deeper into each rhythm learning all the parts for drums, voice and small percussion, and how they blend together.

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No experience needed. This class is geared for total beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their drumming wisdom at a slow pace. The intention is to have fun during a shared learning experience.

Please bring your own drum: djembe, ashiko, bougarabou, or conga, and one or two drum sticks.

Optional: small percussion (bells, shakers, clave, etc.), personal recording devices.

Beginning Hand Drum Series I
with Adrienne Robineau

8-Week Series: Sundays, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
January 7, 14, 21, 28 & February 4, 11, 18, 25
Madrona MindBody, Bldg 310, Fort Worden
Port Townsend, WA

(Discover Pass is not required to park next to the Madrona building)
Register in full by January 7, 2018: $120

OR... Want to try the first class? $20 drop-in
Want to continue after the first class? $105 for remainder of series

Payment Option:
Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)
"You are an inspiration and awesome teacher! Thank you so much for your encouragement, patience, direction."

“Thanks for all that you offer; my soul is so happy to be drumming again and I am grateful that I found you! Look forward to many fun jams in the future.”

"I LOVE our class and your instruction. I’ve truly honestly never had so much fun and learned so much in such a short time. THANKS!"

Get your Sound Drumming custom logo drum sticks!

These beautiful babies are top-quality and made of durable, natural-colored, hickory wood.

They are 16” long, 0.595” in diameter, have tear-drop nylon tips for reducing damage to your drum head, and have a short taper, so it’s comfortable to hold from either end of the stick.

And they have a wonderful, smooth, lacquer finish with the Sound Drumming logo emblazoned upon them.

$18 a pair, supplies limited. Available in class or contact to purchase (additional fee for shipping.)


Don't have a drum to play?

If you don't have a drum, can't find one to borrow, buy or rent, please let me know. I have 2 djembes and 2 ashikos for rent, and Madrona has 1 djembe and 1 conga for rent. Drum rental is $5 per class, for class time only. To be sure you have a drum to play, please reserve in advance of each class. (When playing rental drums please remove or tape all hand jewelry, thanks.)

Try Crossroads Music, in Port Townsend. They will have drums in stock for rent or purchase on occasion.

Try Fremont Drum, in Seattle, (now in Ballard.) Bill Matthews teaches a FREE beginning drum class at noon on Saturdays and will happily hang out after class to show you the drums he has for sale. Prices typically range from $300-400.

I would highly recommend renting or borrowing a drum before purchasing so you can get an idea of what kind of drum you like and so you can also learn how to judge the quality of drums in general. Contact me if you have further questions or concerns.


Want to continue drumming after Beginning Hand Drum Series I?
Or do you already have some hand drumming experience?
If so, please join these continuing drum classes.

Following the Bill Matthews’ method of teaching and learning rhythms, CongaJoy.com  we'll continue to learn to play African, Cuban and Haitian ensemble hand drum rhythms as well as the basics of rhythm and small percussion parts.

In these ongoing classes, you’ll continue refining your drumming and percussion techniques,  play more complex rhythms, while connecting to our local community and creating powerful ensemble rhythms. As the week’s progress, we’ll delve deeper into each rhythm learning all the parts for drums, voice and small percussion, and how they blend together.

Some experience needed. These classes are geared for those with some drumming experience and anyone wanting to renew their drumming wisdom at a slower pace. The intention is to have fun during a shared learning experience.

Please bring your own drum: djembe, ashiko, bougarabou, or conga, and one or two drum sticks.
Optional: 
small percussion (bells, shakers, clave, etc.), personal recording devices, and/or any rhythm books by Bill Matthews.

Beginning Hand Drum Series II
with Adrienne Robineau

6-Week Series: Mondays, Oct 23rd – Nov 27th
CLASS TIME:  7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Madrona MindBody,
Bldg 310, Fort Worden
Port Townsend, WA

(Discover Pass is not required to park next to the Madrona building)
Register in full by October 23rd: $90

OR... Want to try the first class? $20 drop-in
Want to continue after the first class? $75 for remainder of series

Payment Option:
Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)
"Just registered for session II... You are a wonderful teacher, I look forward to learning more, and eventually getting that slap!"

What the heck... we'll just keep going into the holidays!

Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)

Beginning Hand Drum Series II, continued
with Adrienne Robineau

3-Week Series: Mondays, Dec 4, 11, 18
CLASS TIME:  7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Madrona MindBody, Bldg 310, Fort Worden
Port Townsend, WA

(Discover Pass is not required to park next to the Madrona building)
Register in full by December 4th: $45, drop-in $20


BEGINNING HAND DRUM SERIES III
WITH ADRIENNE ROBINEAU

8-Week Series: Monday, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
January 8, 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 12, 19, 26
Madrona MindBody, Bldg 310, Fort Worden
Port Townsend, WA

(Discover Pass is not required to park next to the Madrona building)
Register in full by January 8, 2018: $120

OR... Want to try the first class? $20 drop-in
Want to continue after the first class? $105 for remainder of series

Current Students: if you prefer to drum on Sundays, sign up for the Series I class instead, listed above.

Payment Option:
Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)
“I love drumming and love the class and hope to continue.”
 
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If you have any Bill Mathews rhythm book, old or new, please bring it to class. If you don’t have one, I’ll have some copies of the The New Conga Joy book, for sale at each class for $20 (and a portion of the proceeds will go to a worthy charity.) They aren’t required, but you might find them helpful for learning and remembering the rhythms I’ll be teaching. Quantities limited, but I can reorder. Let me know if you’d like to reserve a copy. 


Winter Weather &
Class Cancellations

Be sure to protect your drum from cold weather and rain with fabric cases or wraps.

Classes may be cancelled due to icy or snowy road conditions. If I'm unable to teach a class due to illness, I'll try to find a substitute student-teacher.

Should I cancel a class, I'll do my best to email students beforehand and schedule a make-up class after.


“As an amazing drummer herself, Adrienne makes the class fun and informative.  While showing patience and consideration for everyone’s learning ability.”

 

“Adrienne is a great teacher for me as she is attentive to each individual and challenging to all.  I have been looking for a class like this for a long time. It is fun and you get to understand how to use bells and sticks as well.”

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