Classes and workshops are set up for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. They can be djembe or dunun classes/workshops or both. Instructor Robin “Bountourabi” Leftwich has been a student of the drum for over twenty-five years.
Beginning students just need to come with the hunger to play and have a great time. We will learn the basic sounds of the djembe, how to sit, relax and be comfortable with your djembe. We will learn starting and stopping with a signal/break while learning a rhythm and arrangement.
Intermediate students need to have some basic drumming behind them but also have a willingness to have a great time. We will work with learning 4, 5 and 6 stroke rolls, duple/triple meter rhythms, and begin work with the dunun.
Advanced students need to know the sounds of the djembe, rolls (4, 5 and 6 stroke) and have a willingness to have a great time. We will cover more advanced rhythms, solos and soloing and work more with integrating the dunun.
Private lessons are also available. They are set up beforehand and catered to meet the needs of the student. $20.00 for ½ hour and $35.00 for 1 hour.
Passport Series – Broaden your knowledge and experiences, push the boundaries of personal success, overcome the limitations we perceive in ourselves, and embrace the diversity of West African music as we continue to foster a fun and failure-free environment that promotes learning, discovery and self-expression. Come experience the Passport Series!
See our Calendar of events for upcoming classes. All classes include the history and tradition surrounding each rhythm and information about the culture that the music comes from.
If you have 6 or more people, we can bring our classes to you.
- Meditative drumming
- Drum circle facilitation
- Team Building
- Corporate events
- Healthy Living
“Robin has an amazing ability to get drummers of all levels to not only learn a new rhythm, but have fun doing it!”
—Tony Griffin, drumsticktony