Instruction

Upcoming group classes
Description of African Drum Class
Description of AfroCuban Drum Class
Cost of group classes

African Class Demo:

Here’s a short video I made with some former students on May 5, 2015. Check it out! You can learn to do this too.

Shiko, from Nigeria, is the only rhythm I teach which is neither Cuban nor Zimbabwean. It is relatively simple and easy to learn, so I like to teach it in both classes, as a great way to warm up and groove.

You Can Drum!

Upcoming group classes:

Next AfroCuban drum class series runs on 20 consecutive Mondays, January 7- May 20, 2019, 7:30-9pm. There will be no class the week of Spring Break (March 25-29). So there is a total of 19 classes in this series. Classes are held at the Kutandara Center in East Boulder.

Next African drum class series (Rhythms of Zimbabwe) runs on 20 consecutive Wednesdays, January 9- May 22, 2019, 6-7:30pm. There will be no class the week of Spring Break (March 25-29). So there is a total of 19 classes in this series. Classes are held at the Kutandara Center in East Boulder. 

 

Description of African Drum Class:

In class we will cover a variety of traditional African rhythms of Zimbabwe. Scott learned these rhythms in Chris Berry‘s Blue Tribe School as well as in Zimbabwe. We will discuss basic technique for making the main sounds on the drum, which are bass, tone, and slap. Then we will begin to learn and combine different rhythms. Cultural context will also be discussed. I welcome and encourage use of smartphones to make audio and/or video recordings of class in order to have a reference point for practicing in between classes.

No experience is necessary, but it’s also okay if you have some! Some drums are available for use at no extra cost, but it is ideal to bring your own if you have one.

Description of AfroCuban Drum Class:

In this class, all levels are welcome, including adults and teens. We will begin with a brief discussion and practice of making the 3 basic sounds of the drum: slap, tone, and bass. Then we will jump right into playing traditional conga rhythms of Cuba. Most of what is taught will be drawn from the lineage of Los Munequitos de Matanzas. Scott received the permission to teach this repertoire from elder Jesus Alfonso (RIP), during follow up studies with him in Cuba in 2010. We will learn first and second accompaniments, as well as breaks and bell/clave patterns, and some root lead parts. Cultural context will also be discussed. I welcome and encourage use of smartphones to make audio and/or video recordings of class in order to have a reference point for practicing in between classes.

No experience is necessary, but it’s also okay if you have some! Some drums are available for use at no extra cost, but it is ideal to bring your own if you have one.

Cost:

Cost for the Monday night AfroCuban drum class series is $520 pre-pay, cash or check (no credit cards nor electronic transfer).

Cost for the Wednesday night African drum class series is $520 pre-pay, cash or check (no credit cards nor electronic transfer).

The Center does have a few drums available for use, at no extra cost, in case you don’t have one of your own… first come, first serve. Or you may use one of the Center’s drums at a rate of $32.50 per month. I highly recommend owning and bringing your own drum, if possible.

For registration information, please click here.

                             I love teaching students of all ages and backgrounds.

There is no video demo for AfroCuban class at this time, but i’m working on it!

*Private lessons are available at a rate of $50/hr or $30/half-hr.

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