Learn to drum in a FUN, WELCOMING community!
Why drum with DrumRise?
Both Amy and Colleen hold teaching certifications from
Tam Tam Mandingue Winston-Salem, part of the international network of West African drumming schools founded by Guinean master drummer, Mamady Keita. What this means is we’ve studied with the best and our knowledge comes from an authentic source. It also means we’re not just good drummers – we’re excellent teachers! We use a step-by-step pedagogy to teach good technique and help students develop a thorough understanding of rhythmic patterns and relationships. And we serve a dual mission of paying respect to our teachers and the centuries-old musical tradition of the Mandingue while helping YOU have fun, connect with your inner musician, and discover new friends!
What ages are classes for?
Our weekly classes are open to adults, teens 13+, and kids 10+ when accompanied by an adult. Drumming is a terrific activity for families to participate in together! And it’s never too late to start. We’re also planning a new class specifically for kids beginning in late January, 2012.
Do I need a drum?
No. DrumRise provides loaner drums for you to use in class. Or for $5 / week you can take one home with you to practice. If you decide you love drumming and want to stick with it, you can even apply your rental fee toward purchase of your own djembe!
Do I need experience?
Remember the jingle “I’d like to teach the world to sing (in perfect harmony?)” That’s how we feel about drumming. DrumRise aims to create as many opportunities as possible for new people to discover a love of the djembe. So most of our classes are beginner-friendly! But we also think you’re most likely to fall in love with West African drumming if, instead of a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” class you experience being part of the joyful sound of a full musical ensemble. So unless otherwise specified, our classes are “all-levels”and we encourage our continuing students to further their skills by playing additional instruments (namely dunun – the melodic bass drums of the Mandingue drum ensemble) and developing their technique and solo-ing skills.
Do you have classes especially for intermediate and advanced students?
Intermediate and advanced classes, dunun classes, and solo workshops are offered periodically as critical mass and schedules align. Please talk to Colleen about your interest.
When Can I Start?
Our classes are offered in series of usually 6, but sometimes 4 – 8 weeks in length. See the sidebar for our current schedule. New students are encouraged to try to join within the first few weeks of a series if possible, but if we’re midway through a series, just give us a call first.
Do I Have to Take a Whole Series?
When you’re learning to play a musical instrument, consistency is key. And each week’s class builds on the previous week’s material. Plus, once you’ve become part of the drumming community, your fellow drummers will miss you when you’re not there. So it’s best if you can attend regularly – and as an incentive, we offer the best pricing to those who commit to an entire series. But if you’re just testing the waters, or if your schedule varies, you can drop-in for $20 per class.