Hampton Park Drum Classes

Day………………………… Wednesdays
Beginners……….…… 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Intermediates…….. Starting in mid 2016
Casual Rate…….…… $26 / $23 concession
Cycle Rate………….. $145 / $130 concession
Location………………. Hampton Park Community House, 20 Stuart Ave, Hampton Park, 3976

Ready to drum with us? Secure your place today!

Beginners Class: 

Walk-ins welcome :: Check the class welcome page for start dates :: If you have any questions please contact us
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Teacher Profile: Alena

A formidable percussionist and natural teacher, Alena graduated from the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in 2008. Since starting on drum kit at the age of 10, she has fuelled her instrument ADD by branching out into all sorts of classical, mallet and African percussion. She has a passion for educating young (and young at heart) minds on the culture, music, song and dance for which Africa is renowned. Alena has taken two extended tours to Ghana. She hopes to one day own a two storey house where the top floor is completely dedicated to drums

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About Beginners Drum Classes

Suitable for

Those with no or limited experience in hand drumming

What to Expect

The emphasis at the Beginner Level is on:

  • having fun
  • learning basic technique on the djembe (bass, tone and slap)
  • appreciating West African music
  • developing groove, control & listening skills
  • working together to become an ensemble
  • introducing soloing as a group
  • working on timing
  • exploring basic musical concepts

FAQs

How do I pay?
Please pay in cash at class

Do I need to bring a drum?
Only if you want to! We will have a drum ready for you at class – you don’t need to have your own. Ask your teacher about renting a drum so you can practice between classes

Do I have to stay at one location for the Cycle?
It is wise. Each location teaches a different rhythm so you’ll struggle if you switch it up

When can I move up to Intermediates?
Have a chat with your teacher to get a gauge on where you’re at. We’re always keen to see students progress to the next level! Students who have a musical background, are often ready after 1 or 2 cycles. Most students find the confidence to progress after 4 to 5 cycles.

I’m a kit drummer – can I skip the beginner’s class?
Your experience will hold you in good stead, but hand drumming is a different kettle of fish. You’ll need to take a least one beginners course to get yourself up to speed and comfortable with the djembe

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About Intermediate Drum Classes

Suitable for

Those who have completed at least one Beginner Course or with some previous hand drumming experience

What to Expect

The emphasis at the Intermediate Level is on:

  • developing clearly differentiated tones and slaps
  • playing at faster tempos
  • understanding the relationships between bell, dunun and djembe
  • exploring different time signatures (like 4/4 and 6/8)
  • preparing full arrangements for performance
  • building on more difficult group solos and personal freestyling
  • maintaining a solid tempo and holding accompaniment parts within poly rhythmic structures

Our Advice

Students at this level should seriously consider investing in their own djembe. More intensive practice is needed beyond class to hold your own at the Intermediate level, and is essential if you’re looking for an invitation to the Advanced Class. Check out our range of djembes here and talk to your teacher about a Student Discount Card

FAQs

I’m ready for more, but not quite ready for the advanced class. What shall I do?
Join Sessi Sessi via the Performance Skills Class!

I want to join the advanced class – can I get an invite?
We’re always excited to advance a student up a level and stand out players players are often spotted at Tribalism. Be aware that the Advanced level is a real step up and requires practice. Talk to your teacher about the best way forward

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2017 Class Cycles

#1 starts January 18th
#2 starts March 1st – Tribalism: April 9th @ Kindred Studios, Yarraville
#3 starts April 12th
#4 starts May 24th
#5 starts July 5th
#6 starts August 16th
#7 starts September 27th
#8 starts November 8th – Tribalism: December 17th @ Kindred Studios, Yarraville