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Have Drums Will Travel:

Drumming classes for groups, schools, organizations, and companies Classes & Workshops can come to Your Group of 6+.

Ongoing Classes – Tuesday & Wednesday

Special Events & Signature Artist Series
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Questions/Registration: Contact Robin at (336) 813-8110. We accept credit cards!


Passport Series - West African drumming

Now through November 2017! Intensive course with Robin “Bountourabi” Leftwich. Designed to meet the demands we’ve been hearing from you! The course will include rhythms, technique, playing ballet dununs, meter madness, traditional and improvisational solos, and more.

Due to consecutive Passport classes running, this year the High Point Passport Series will be held every other month.

All Passport classes are from 9am to 4pm in High Point (Note: there is also a Passport West Series in Asheville).

Robin playing dunun

The cost is $100 per workshop. Study materials and practice recordings are provided with each workshop. We accept cash, check, and credit cards. Although we encourage you to take each workshop in succession for the best learning experience, it is not required. Students who have taken the class before, please call or email about continuing ed options.

Online registration and payment is preferred, but we do offer the option to pay at the door. If you wish to pay at the door, you must register first by emailing rachel@happybeatdrumming.com. Indicate the class(es) you wish to attend the form of payment you will be using. You will receive a confirmation email with your registration information. You may also call (336) 880-3536 to register or receive additional information about the series.

Passport East – Workshops



Students attending Passport Classes will receive a Passport Series Certificate of Completion once your Passport Book has been stamped with attendance verification for all 8 sessions. Don’t have a Passport Book? Ask for one  at the next session. We will also gladly stamp your book and issue a certificate to you for classes completed prior to the booklet program.

The course schedule for 2016-2017 in High Point:

September 18th, 2016: Introduction and Foundational Rhythms
Foundational rhythms are rhythms that every student should know because they contain elements fundamental to learning West African music (timing, handing, patterns, etc ) that can be used as building blocks to accelerate further learning.

During the Foundational Rhythms class we will cover the following:
History of the rhythm
Djembe and Dunun parts
Rudiments and improved sound/technique
Reading/Writing djembe/dunun music
And much more

November 13th, 2016: Rhythms that Build
In this session, students will learn how to use rhythms as building blocks – exploring the similarities between rhythms that allow for a natural progression of learning and teaching. Students will be taught rhythms that are easily learned from their pre-existing knowledge of foundational rhythms.

January 15th, 2017: Ballet Dunun, Dunun
The Ballet Dunun and dunun class will begin with basic dunun techniques and then move into more complex rhythms. The day will end with students learning how to translate traditional dunun parts to a ballet-style setup. Being able to play ballet dununs allows students to hold classes and drum circles with fewer people, gives students flexibility in performances, and provides them with a deeper understanding of the dunun melodies and the relationship of the dununs to the djembe.

March: Do-able Dununbas
The dununba family of rhythms is both rich and complex. This class is designed to expose students to a dununba rhythm and to help them understand the intricacies of playing the djembe and dunun parts. This class will also help students play more challenging dunun parts that are upbeat and completing.

June 11: Meter Madness
In this session, students will learn rhythms in duple and triple meter timing – exploring the use of 4 and 8 beat rhythms along with the accompanying language with both meters to facilitate in playing and leading rhythms inside both meters.

July: Traditional Solos
In this class, students will learn some traditional solos. Traditional solos are solos that are developed around traditional dance moves/steps and are specific to a rhythm. The solos will help the student be able to drum for dancers and will also act as building blocks for improvisational solos.

September: Improvisational Solos
This class will teach you how to use traditional solos as a starting point for building your own improvisational solos. Basic techniques and common solo licks will be revealed to the students who will then have the opportunity to practice soloing in a failure-free environment.

November: Performance
The rubber hits the road in the Performance class. The Performance class is a culmination of the work done so far in the passport series.  This class will take 2 rhythms and create performance pieces that are ready to go by the end of the day.

What to bring:

DjembesYour Djembe
Dunun (these will be provided if needed)
Sense of humor!!!
Audio recorder
Pen
Notebook/paper
Did we mention sense of humor?!?!
Wear comfortable clothes
Hydration

Be ready to learn and have fun!!!! Reserve your spot today!


Ongoing Classes

Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm

West African drum class in Winston Salem with Happy Beat DrummingAll Levels Class with “Bountou” – No prerequisites. No experience necessary, all levels are welcome.

$20.00 per class for drop ins (or $60 for a series of 4). Call ahead if you need a drum; contact Rachel at (336) 880-3536.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4055 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Click for map.

Tuesday Night Classes




Wednesdays 7 – 8pm

African Drumming lessons with “Bountou” at Pure Light Yoga – 4-week session $15 per class or $50 for the session.
No experience necessary. Bring a drum or use one of ours, no charge!

pure-light-yoga-logoPure Light Yoga, 709 West Lexington Avenue (inside DeBeen Espresso), High Point, NC

Sign up here with Pure Light Yoga.

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