African Drumming Course Descriptions

Level 1 Course - Description

Play traditional West African rhythms on hand drums (djembés). These introductory lessons are fun and concentrated. Learn basic rhythms. Learn how to strike the drum to produce the right sounds. For participants attending classes in Vancouver, halfway through the course dunun playing is introduced. Dununs are African bass drums played with sticks. This level lays the foundation for higher levels. No previous experience is required.

Level 2 Course - Description

This course is a continuation of level 1. New rhythms are taught. Every session different rhythms are taught. Therefore, this level can be repeated several times. Completing level one or permission from the instructor is required before enrolling.

Level 3 Course - Description

New rhythms are taught. The rhythms that are taught are more complex and taught at a faster pace than level 2. Permission from the instructor is required before enrolling.

Level 4 Course - Description

This level is for drummers that have played djembé and dunun for several years. For example, this level is for players that are comfortable with learning rhythms that employ off beat 6/8 time feels.