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 two drum sticks. Or rent a drum during class.*

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

Beginning Hand Drumming
with Adrienne Robineau

7-Week Series: SUNDAYS, 6:00-7:15
May 6, 13, 27 & June 3, 10, 17, 24

(No class May 20th)
Madrona MindBody, Bldg 310, Fort Worden
Port Townsend, WA

(Discover Pass is not required to park next to the Madrona building)

Please listen:

Register in full by May 6, 2018: $105
Email to sign-up, then pay in-person with cash or check, (preferred.)
Or sign-up/pay online with PayPal/credit card, below.
Drop-in: $20/class, cash/check only.

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"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 Beginning Hand Drumming?
Or do you already have some hand drumming experience?
If so, please join this continuing/intermediate drum class.

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. The intention is to have fun during a shared learning experience.

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

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

Continuing/Intermediate HAND DRUMming
WITH ADRIENNE ROBINEAU

7-Week Series: MONDAYS, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
May 7, 14, 28 & June 4, 11, 18, 25

(No class May 21st)
Madrona MindBody, Bldg 310, Fort Worden
Port Townsend, WA

(Discover Pass not required to park next to the Madrona building)

Please listen:

Register in full by May 7, 2018: $105
Email to sign-up, then pay in-person with cash or check, (preferred.)
Or sign-up/pay online with PayPal/credit card, below.
Drop-in $20/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.”

Give the gift of drumming!

A Sound Drumming Gift Certificate is the perfect present for any holiday or occasion.

You may gift any $ amount and purchase online or in-person for Sound Drumming classes, lessons, rentals, sticks, or Bill's book. More info. . .

"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 2 djembes and 2 ashikos for rent, and Madrona has 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.)

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.) 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 Bill 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.


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.)


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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.


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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.”

 

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