Hand Drumming Classes With Sean Jesseau
Great group classes available for learning how to work together in music and play hand drums. Fantastic for beginners and beyond to learn new patterns and work on your skills. These are all very affordable classes which help you to instantly build practical, musical skills that will make you a better musician regardless of which instruments you play.Classes are filling up so call now.
World of Hand Drumming
Monday students learn to make music with the conga and djembe drums. Yes we still have a little bit of room for Adult (older teens and up) Beginners in this class.
Hands down this is the best way to learn a musical instrument or to drastically improve your existing musical skill quickly. Rhythm is the foundation of music-making. Spend a little time in this class and see for yourself! Find out how every instrument is a drum and why rhythm is the most transferable musical skill! At $20 /week (package rate) this class is comparably priced to a 1/2 hour private lesson but instead you get a 1.5 hour total rhythm immersion in red-hot grooves from around the world. The group’s energy helps you refine your concentration and blending skills while adding an element of celebration. Feel supported in a fun environment.
Learn the big, confident sounds the pros know on conga and djembe. Learn about the Afro- Cuban core of conga music, the close relatives and ancestral drums from West Africa. Learn the 3 open sounds of the Mandingue Djembe! Learn authentic arrangements for multiple drummers including calls and signals. Learn to relax, keep steady time and how to serve almost any community using music. Can this class will make you a better guitar, horn or piano player? The answer again and again from students over the last 12 years is YES! If you think you might be a prodigy but have never had a lesson on a hand drum before, then come find out for sure at the Monday classes!
12 Mondays starting the second week of January
Intermediate Hand Drumming
Tuesday students learn authentic, thrilling arrangements for the Djembe drum and the complimentary African bass drums (Dounumba) with a metal bell attached. (Great training for drumset, bass and piano players!) This class covers more arrangements at faster tempos than the Monday group. The only pre-requisite for this class is to be able to execute all 3 traditional djembe sounds and to be ready to learn patterns and arrangements. Most students will repeat the 12 Monday classes more than once before graduating to Tuesdays. Some students will be ready for the quicker tempos and faster pacing of Tuesdays after only 12 weeks (of Mondays). If you are a prodigy you can advance to Tuesdays as soon as you know the basics. If you have previously studied djembe or conga you may be ready to just go into the Tuesday group. If you are experienced with rhythm or looking for a challenge (highly recommended for piano, drumset and bass players or anyone searching for the heart of syncopated funkyness) then you will love exploring the Dunumba; African bells and bass drums! Learn about hand independance, ride rhythms, syncopations, governing parts, pitch-bending on bass drums, “saying” your part, “the feet” and more! Music Workshop’s Tuesday Intermediate Dunumba and Djembe Class! It’s “where the boom comes from”! When you’re ready to start digging deep we are ready for you! “Groove Monster” our Tuesday student group performs (optional for participants) throughout the year at events like Folklore Festival, New Year’s Eve at Old Fort William and others.
Youth Drum Classes for Kids:
Youth Drum Classes are based on 30+ years of drumming experience and 11 years of development in local schools. This course offers a rhythmic foundation for lifelong music-making. Kids feel successful instantly with specially chosen instruments; Djembe, Conga, Mallets, Marimba, Drum Set and more!
We run two classes on Wednesdays for kids.
Kids classes use African hand and stick drums, Orff marimbas, xylophones and metallophones plus hand percussion and voice.
6:00-7:10pm for 12 weeks. Small classes, limited availability. Call today!
7:30-8:30 pm for 12 weeks. $180.00
Instrument purchase is not necessary but we can recommend a small drum and take home materials.