Community Drum Classes

Anyone can drum!
Take a 6 week course and become an African Drummer – no experience needed.
Our friendly classes run across the Waikato and beyond.

Hamilton Classes

Drum with Nathan and Amanda

Tauranga Classes

Drum with Nathan and Amanda


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Student performance night
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When Can I Start?

Our drum classes run in 6 week cycles and it’s best to start in the first or second week of a cycle. Book your class spot today!

About Our Drum Classes

We have classes for every level. Whether you’ve never played an instrument before or you’re already active in the scene, drum classes are for you. The djembe is an instrument just about anyone can learn. The learning curve is somewhat different to other instruments – it’s easy to pick up but difficult to master!

If you’ve always wanted to drum then come to one of our welcoming classes.


How do I pronounce the word djembe?
Gem-bay 😉

What can I expect at my first class?
A friendly teacher, a drum for you to use and a rhythm or two waiting to be tackled.

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. After 6 weeks you’ll be a part of your classes ensemble with the chance to perform at Tribalism, our student performance night.

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

Do I need to bring a drum along?
Only if you want to! Djembes are provided as part of the class.

What do I bring?
Just a smile. We’d recommend bringing your phone or a recording device to record what you need to learn at the end of the class. Share your footage on facebook to help out the rest of your class!

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?
We mainly cater our classes to adults. Children are welcome to attend, so long as they are able to hold thier concentration for teh duration of the class, and parents take responsibility for ensuring that their children do not become a distraction for the rest of the class.