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Our community classes cater for all levels. Whether you’ve never played an instrument before, or you’re already active in the scene, we have a drum class for you. From our beginner friendly all in community classes, to our focused intermediate class, and once you’ve perfected your chops our highly renowned performance group.

Just about anyone can learn to play the djembe. The learning curve is somewhat different to other instruments – it’s easy to pick up but difficult to master!

Our 6-week cycles cover a full West African rhythmic arrangement, including support djembe parts, solos, breaks and calls. We focus on rhythms from the ancient/ traditional djembe nations (Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso & Senegal), but delve into other groves from all over Africa on occasion.

Our lead facilitator is supported by two Dun (bass drum) players, so you’ll get the full polyrhythmic experience, which helps to develop your auditory skills too.

Both our all in, and Intermediate levels work on technique and dexterity training to improve your hand independence, coordination and drumming stamina

If you haven’t had any formal lessons before, we recommend starting with our all in group and getting a solid grounding in technique and the arrangement concepts of West African drumming music.

If you are finding that both come naturally and quickly, then you can also join the Intermediate class after completing one or two 6-week cycles, following a chat/ confirmation from your teacher.

Contact us now to join a course best suited to you.


How do I pronounce the word djembe?

What can I expect at my first class?
A friendly teacher and a rhythm or two waiting to be mastered.

Do I need any previous experience or a musical background?
No! The djembe is very easy to learn with a learning curve that favours beginners.

How are your drum classes structured?
Our djembe classes run in 6 week cycles and it’s best to start in the first or second week.

What support does the AD School of Djembe offer to students?
So glad you asked; check out our Student Resources section.

Do I need my own drum for the class?
If you don’t have your own djembe, we can offer you one to use during your classes, free of charge.

Can I play bongos/congas/a different drum?
Our classes are for djembes; sorry, other drums aren’t suitable.

What age-group are the classes suitable for?
These classes are geared towards adults. however any child that is able to hold their attention for the full duration of the class is welcome. Parents or guardians are responsible for insuring their child does not become a distraction for the rest fo the class.