Beginning African Haitian Cuban Hand Drumming Classes & Lessons

hand Drum Classes

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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 Will (aka “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 this introductory 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 two drum sticks. Or borrow a drum during class.*

Optional: small percussion (bells, shakers, clave, etc.), and/or any rhythm books by Will Matthews.
 

Intro to Hand Drumming
with Adrienne Robineau

For total beginners! No experience necessary! All classes at my home in Uptown, Port Townsend, WA (Allergy Alert: I have 2 cats; with air filter running and surgical masks available.) Contact me for more info. No charge for drum use during class.

JULY-AUGUST SERIES:

SUNDAYS, 5:00-6:15 p.m.
8-Week Series: July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019

Register in full by first class
$104 for 8-week series

Email to sign-up, then pay in-person with cash or check, (preferred.) Or sign-up and pay online with PayPal/credit card, below.

Drop-in: $15/class, cash/check only.

Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)

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SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER SERIES:

SUNDAYS, 5:00-6:15 p.m.
7-Week Series: September 8, 22, 29 &
October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019
(No classes: 9/1 & 9/15)

Register in full by first class
$91 for 7-week series

Email to sign-up, then pay in-person with cash or check, (preferred.) Or sign-up and pay online with PayPal/credit card, below.

Drop-in: $15/class, cash/check only.

Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)

"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!"


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

Following the Will (aka “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. The intention is to have fun during a shared learning experience.

Please bring your own drum: djembeashikobougarabou, or conga, and two drum sticks. Or borrow a drum during class.*

Optional: small percussion (bells, shakers, clave, etc.), and/or any rhythm books by Will Matthews.
 

Beginning Hand Drumming
with Adrienne Robineau

Continuing classes for students who have completed my Intro to Hand Drumming Classes, or for experienced drummers who wish to go slower and learn my teaching style and Conga Joy ensemble rhythms. All classes at my home in Uptown, Port Townsend, WA (Allergy Alert: I have 2 cats; with air filter running and surgical masks available.) Contact me for more info. No charge for drum use during class.

JULY-AUGUST SERIES

TUESDAYS, 5:00-6:15 p.m.
9-Week Series: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019
(Class Canceled: 7/16—will be made up another day)

Register in full by first class
$117 for 9-week series
Email to sign-up, then pay in-person with cash or check, (preferred.) Or sign-up and pay online with PayPal/credit card, below.

Drop-in: $15/class, cash/check only.

Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER SERIES

TUESDAYS, 5:00-6:15 p.m.
8-Week Series: September 3, 10, 24 & October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019
(No class: 9/17)

Register in full by first class
$104 for 8-week series
Email to sign-up, then pay in-person with cash or check, (preferred.) Or sign-up and pay online with PayPal/credit card, below.

Drop-in: $15/class, cash/check only.

Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)

Intermediate HAND DRUMming
WITH ADRIENNE ROBINEAU

Continuing classes for students who have drummed for 6 months or longer and enjoy the challenge of harder, more complex ensemble rhythms. All classes at my home in Uptown, Port Townsend (Allergy Alert: I have 2 cats; with air filter running and surgical masks available.) Contact me for more info. No charge for drum use during class.

JULY-AUGUST SERIES

MONDAYS, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
9-Week Series: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019

Register in full by first class
$126 for 9-week series
Email to sign-up, then pay in-person with cash or check, (preferred.) Or sign-up and pay online with PayPal/credit card, below.

Drop-in $16/class, cash/check only.

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!"

“I love drumming and love the class and hope to continue.”

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER SERIES

MONDAYS, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
7-Week Series: September 9, 23, 30 & October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019
(No classes: 9/2 & 9/16)

Register in full by first class
$98 for 7-week series
Email to sign-up, then pay in-person with cash or check, (preferred.) Or sign-up and pay online with PayPal/credit card, below.

Drop-in $16/class, cash/check only.

Student Name(s)
Email Address(es)

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"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.”


*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 several drums to use during class.  To be sure you have a drum to play, please reserve in advance of each series or drop-in class. (When playing one of my drums please remove or tape all hand jewelry, thanks.)

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

Shop Fremont Drum, in Seattle, (now in Ballard.) Will (aka “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. Otherwise, make an appointment with Will to shop for drums. 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.


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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.)


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If you have any Will (aka “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. 


Missed Classes Policy

If you’ve prepaid for a 2-month series

I allow prepaid series students to make up 2 missed classes per series, preferably by coming to another night during the same series, or in the next series if necessary.

FYI - If you think you are going to miss 2 or more classes during a series, it’s cheaper to pay drop-in fees.

If you’re a drop-in student

Feel free to come on other days to make up for your regular night of drumming as much as you like.
Sun/Tues = $15 drop-in
Mon = $16 drop-in


Weather & Class Cancellations

Be sure to protect your drum from theft, heat in summer, and freezing temps in winter, by never leaving it in your parked car.  When transporting, use a drum case, or fabric wrap to protect the drum head from rain.

Classes may be cancelled due to weather conditions.

If I’m unable to teach a class due to illness, I'll try to find a substitute student-teacher.

Should I need to cancel a class, I'll do my best to email/text students beforehand and schedule a make-up class after. I'll also put a notice up at my front door.


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

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“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.”